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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, a behavior known as savaging which affects up to 5% of gilts. Similar behavior has been observed in various animals such as rabbits and burying beetles.
- ↑ North Carolina Pork Conference notes. 2002. North Carolina State University.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Trumbo, S. (1994) Interspecific Competition, Brood Parasitism, and the Evolution of Biparental Cooperation in Burying Beetles Oikos 69: 241-249.