Effect of Post Partum Separation of Mother and Kid on Maternal Care in the Domestic Goat

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Science  28 Nov 1958:
Vol. 128, Issue 3335, pp. 1342-1343
DOI: 10.1126/science.128.3335.1342


Twenty-four goat mothers were separated from their newborn kids for 1 hour immediately following birth. Two months later these mothers were observed to nurse their own kids less and alien kids more than nonseparated mothers. Separation of mother and young in half the flock also resulted in abnormal "rejecting" behavior in some nonseparated mothers.