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Several ungulates and other species such as seals and primates are known to initially use odour to discriminate their offspring. Most relevant work to study this has been done in sheep; sheep are ideal for studying attachment because there are ethical and logistic difficulties that limit laboratory and research use of most other species known to develop ...


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Actually, once humans or any other animal touches the infant, especially before the mother has recognized it as its own, the scent of the "foreigner" stays on the infant/offspring. Thus, the mother does not recognize the infant or believes it to be "tainted". This is true for a lot of birds as well as wild animals. If anyone "disturbs" the bond- forming ...



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