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The behavior of a zoo-housed infant orangutan after the death of its mother.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21462247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The behavior of an infant female orangutan at Dublin Zoo before and after the death of her mother was recorded using scan sampling and compared. Social interactions and associations of the infant with the other individuals in the group were also compared before and after the death of her mother. Increases in climbing and object manipulation were observed, and a decrease in resting occurred. The infant orangutan significantly increased the amount of time she spent in close contact with another related adult female in the group after her mother's death. This case study describes an example of a zoo-housed infant orangutan being successfully fostered by a related female without human intervention. It also provides a quantification of the behavior of an infant orangutan before and after being orphaned. Zoo Biol 30:205-211, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Jenny Whilde; Nicola Marples
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoo biology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1098-2361     ISO Abbreviation:  Zoo Biol.     Publication Date:    2011 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-04     Completed Date:  2011-07-27     Revised Date:  2011-07-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807837     Medline TA:  Zoo Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Zoo
Behavior, Animal*
Motor Activity

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