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Title: Transport of dead infant mountain gorillas by mothers and unrelated females
Authors: Warren, Ymke
Williamson, Elizabeth A
Contact Email: e.a.williamson@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Gorilla beringei
behavior
allomothering
infant deaths
Issue Date: Aug-2004
Publisher: Wiley-Liss / Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Citation: Warren Y & Williamson EA (2004) Transport of dead infant mountain gorillas by mothers and unrelated females, Zoo Biology, 23 (4), pp. 375-378.
Abstract: This report describes prolonged carriage of the corpses of two mountain gorilla infants by both related and unrelated adult females. Two hypotheses regarding this transport are considered: 1) that maternal behavior toward unrelated infants may be a by-product of the hormonal condition of pregnancy, and 2) that the animals may be ‘‘learning to mother,’’ as nulliparous females could benefit from the experience of handling an infant that is no longer alive. Some factors pertinent to the event of infant deaths in captivity are considered.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1180
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/zoo.20001
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Affiliation: University of Roehampton
Psychology

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