Wild moms : motherhood in the animal kingdom / Dr. Carin Bondar.
xi, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"April 2018"--Title page verso.
A fascinating and entertaining tour of motherhood in the animal kingdom that reveals a new perspective on the mother/child relationship.
"Being a mom is a tough job--but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat of predators prowling at all times of the day and night. In Wild Moms, Dr. Carin Bondar takes readers on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the phenomenon of motherhood in the wild. A journey through motherhood for the animal kingdom--from the initial phases of gestation and pregnancy through breastfeeding and toddler-rearing and trying to parent a teenager through empty nest syndrome (which, in many of these cases, is quite literal!) to being a grandmother. In Wild Moms, Dr. Bondar answers a whole host of questions about the animal kingdom: How do moms in the animal kingdom cope with crying babies and potty training? How does breastfeeding work in the wild--particularly when a mother is nursing not one baby at a time, but a whole litter? If children with disabilities do not fit into Darwin's theory of evolution (I.e. Survival of the fittest), then why do we see mothers from various mammalian groups providing ongoing care to disabled offspring? Accessible and entertaining, Wild Moms is a celebration of moms everywhere--and a book guaranteed to make readers think about motherhood in an entirely new way." -- Publisher's description
Introduction -- Development is diverse -- The egg-content conundrum -- Brood parasitism : an inconvenient truth -- Cooperative creeds and communal cliques -- Buns in mammalian ovens -- A pregnant pause -- A child is born -- Newborns and nightmares -- Depression and abuse : not just a human predicament -- Mammal moms and milk -- Opportunistic orphans and magnanimous moms -- Other mothers : adoption and allomothering -- The meaning of weaning -- Menopausing moms and gracious grandmas -- Mothers in mourning -- Afterword.
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