|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie|
The duration and intensity of the cow-calf bond during lying out, calving pools, and nursery herds has been analysed in a wild population of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa). Field behavior observations were made on naturally marked and radio-collared giraffe. Radio-tracking was used to follow and observe giraffe of a known age for up to 1.5 years. The giraffe calf participates in various calf sub-groups while the cow travels to browse and water. A strong maternal bond exists between the giraffe cow and calf until the cow's next calving.
Key Words: Cow-calf relationship, giraffe, maternal bond, calving
Author: V.A. Langman
Journal: Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie
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