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Baboon mothers in the wild have been observed to be with their dead child for as long as 10 days, according to the researchers.
A new study from the University College of London, and the French, from the University of Montpellier is analysed in 12 of the cases in which the baboons in the Namibian desert, to respond to babies’ deaths. The study, which focused on the chacma baboon, spanning 13 years of age.
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Members noted that baboon mothers were carrying their dead child, over different lengths of time, from one hour to 10 days. The average length of time was from three to four days, ” she said.
A Namibian chacma baboon with a dead baby.
“There have been many hypotheses to explain this, first and foremost, the reactions of dead babies. Perhaps the strongest assumption is that, after death, is an extension of the caring behavior,” said the study’s lead author, Alecia Carter, D. Ph., of the catholic university of louvain, Anthropology, and the University of Montpellier, in a statement. “We are not suggesting that the mothers were not aware that their babies were dead, but there is a strong selection based on the mother-child bond formation, and once formed, the bond is hard to break. It is less clear why some of the mothers wear, or for the protection of their dead child, however, I suspect that a range of factors impact on this behaviour.”
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The researchers think that the mothers’ behaviors in these cases, it is likely to be a form of “grief management.” The scientists also observed that male “friends”, and often it is a child of the father, and of the protection of the people.
The study is published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
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The other animals mourn, processes are in the spotlight in the last couple of years. In 2018, it is a grief of the killer whale’s mother in the Pacific Northwest, gained widespread attention when she was wearing her dead calf for up to 17 days.
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