Stealing milk by young and reciprocal mothers: high incidence of allonursing in giraffes, Giraffa camelopardalis

@article{Glonekov2016StealingMB,
  title={Stealing milk by young and reciprocal mothers: high incidence of allonursing in giraffes, Giraffa camelopardalis},
  author={Mark{\'e}ta Glonekov{\'a} and Karol{\'i}na Brandlov{\'a} and Jan Pluh{\'a}{\vc}ek},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2016},
  volume={113},
  pages={113-123}
}
  • Markéta Gloneková, Karolína Brandlová, Jan Pluháček
  • Published in Animal Behaviour 2016
  • Biology
  • Allonursing, the nursing of nonfilial offspring, has been reported in a number of mammalian species; however, very few studies have investigated more than three hypotheses. The aim of our study was to investigate seven hypotheses explaining allonursing in captive giraffes. During 2007–2011, we observed 24 females and 37 calves in four zoological gardens in the Czech Republic, recording 2514 suckling events. We found that 83% of the females allonursed a nonfilial calf and 86.5% of calves… CONTINUE READING

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