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Maternal Moving - Pup Retrieval


Overview and Meaning

Individual newborn pups rarely stray on their own from a warm nest. If a pup is separated from the litter the dam will later locate, retrieve, and move the lost pups back to the nest, in response to their ultrasonic cries.

Description

The dam will pick up a mouse pup using her mouth and physically move it from outside to inside the nest.

Classification

Maternal Behavior, variant of Maternal Moving

Contexts

Social

Variants

None

Maternal Behaviors include:

Classification

General Activity

Contexts

Social

Variants

None


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