Article 16 What Are Friends For

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Article 16: What Are Friends For? By: Barbara Smuts - Recent studies have suggested that females often have a say in who they mate with o This would explain why they don’t always mate with the dominant males - Also, they have been observed to have friends who they constantly mate or groom or associate with during their pregnancies or during lactation o Regardless of age or rank, females only associated with 1-3 male friends o But among males, the number varied from 0-8 Dominant males did not have more female friends than lower-ranking males Instead, older males who had been living in the troop the longest had the most friends When a male has several friends, they are likely to be related to one another o When foraging together, females want to stay near their male friends, but males will bring themselves within touching distance of their female friends If they are friends, she will not always respond to his desire to be groomed If they are not friends, she dared not ignore him
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