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Early recognition of newborn goat kids by their mother: I. Nonolfactory discrimination.
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PMID:  12918087     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mother sheep and goats develop an early bond with their neonate on the basis of olfactory recognition. We investigated whether goats were also able to show early (<24 hr postpartum) nonolfactory discrimination of their kids, as already reported in sheep. In a first experiment, we found that goats are not able to recognize their kid at 1 m away on the basis of olfactory cues alone. By contrast, they showed a significant preference for their own kid in a two-choice test as early as 4 hr postpartum, and prepartum maternal anosmia did not impede the ability of mothers to show discrimination. We conclude that goats, like sheep, are fully able to discriminate their neonate without the help of olfactory cues very early after parturition. The difference in the early spatial mother-young relationship between the two species due to the different behavior of the young (kids = hiders, lambs = followers), is not associated with marked differences in the dynamics or mechanisms controlling the development of recognition of the neonate by its mother.
Pascal Poindron; Gabriella Gilling; Horacio Hernandez; Norma Serafin; Angélica Terrazas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychobiology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0012-1630     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychobiol     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-14     Completed Date:  2004-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0164074     Medline TA:  Dev Psychobiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 43: 82-89, 2003.
Instituto de Neurobiología, Campus UNAM-UAQ Juriquilla Km. 15 Carretera Querétaro-San Luis Potosi, Querétaro 76230, QRO, Mexico.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Animals, Newborn
Discrimination (Psychology)
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Recognition (Psychology) / physiology*
Smell / physiology*
Time Factors

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