10 Facts About Alloparenting


Alloparenting is a term used to classify any form of parental care provided by an individual towards young that aren't its own direct offspring.

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Alloparenting is a form of parenting that is not found often in the wild.

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Alloparenting, given that the behaviour is often initiated by the alloparent, is rarely a costly act for the individual providing the care.

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Alloparenting behavior is known from 120 mammal and 150 avian species.

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Alloparenting was a huge part of a successful twin chimpanzee's upbringing.

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Alloparenting is observed in Indian free-range dogs as they roam the streets of India.

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Alloparenting's helped groom, provide food, play, and protect the pups however she did not allow them to suckle.

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Alloparenting's did not show any bias towards them and cared for each pup equally.

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Alloparenting in humans is a common form of parental care in a variety of cultures and can include care giving from siblings, grandparents, other relatives and unrelated family members such as teachers for providing learning and support.

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Alloparenting helps to reduce the stresses on these animals and reduce the overall energetic demands of having offspring.

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