A case of allosuckling in wild guanacos (Lama guanicoe)
MetadataShow full item record
Although allosuckling, the lactation of non-filial offspring, can be a costly behavior, it has been reported in several species across a wide range of mammalian orders. Monotocous species such as ungulates exhibit this behavior less frequently than polytocous species, and most cases have been reported among captive specimens. A case of allosuckling of a free-ranging guanaco (Lama guanicoe) calf is reported. Allosuckling observed in this species may represent opportunistic behavior by the calf, supporting the "milk theft" hypothesis.
Artículo de publicación SCOPUS
Quote ItemJournal of Ethology, (2009) 27:295–297