Infant Carrying by Male Chacma Baboons

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Science  12 Jun 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4500, pp. 1281-1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4500.1281


Male chacma baboons, Papio ursinus, carry their offspring during confrontations with higher ranking immigrant males, who are a threat to the infants' lives. The infants sometimes initiate these confrontations by approaching and provoking immigrant males when protective males are close by. Mothers rarely interfere during these interactions.