Friday, 1 August 2014

Stressed Out Mongooses Can't Cope with Baby Booms

By Hazel Nichols, Liverpool John Moores University | July 30, 2014 08:22pm ET

This article was originally published at The Conversation.The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Many of us know from personal experience that raising children can be stressful, but a new study reveals that stress can be enough to affect the quality of parenting – in mongooses, at least.

A recent study investigates the relationship between stress hormones and parental care in the banded mongoose, a small African mammal that lives in large family groups.

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