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Maternal infanticide (zoology)

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Maternal infanticide is an aspect of infanticide (zoology) and occurs when newborn offspring are killed by their mother. This is sometimes seen in pigs,[1] a behavior known as savaging which affects up to 5% of gilts. Similar behavior has been observed in various animals such as rabbits[2] and burying beetles.[3]

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  1. North Carolina Pork Conference notes. 2002. North Carolina State University.
  2. Boyd, I. L. (1985) Investment in Growth by Pregnant Wild Rabbits in Relation to Litter Size and Sex of the Offspring The Journal of Animal Ecology 54:137-147
  3. Trumbo, S. (1994) Interspecific Competition, Brood Parasitism, and the Evolution of Biparental Cooperation in Burying Beetles Oikos 69: 241-249.

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