Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Having and raising offspring is costly phase of life for baboon moms

Date:
May 19, 2014

Source:
Springer Science+Business Media

Summary:
Observations made over the past 29 years in Kenya as part of one of the world's longest-running studies of a wild primate show how having offspring influences the health of female baboons. These observations highlight that females are mostly injured on days when they are likely to conceive. In addition, injuries heal the slowest when they are suckling their young. Reproduction can be dangerous and energetically costly, exposing individuals to physical harm, infectious disease and reduced immunity.


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