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Anne Innis Dagg (Author)
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 17, 2011)
Research into social behavior in adult animals has often focused on
aggression, yet members of social species are far more likely to interact
with each other in a positive way. Animal Friendships explores non-sexual
bonding behaviors in a range of mammals and birds. Through analysis of
factors that trigger and deepen friendships, Dagg uncovers a world of
intricate and complex social interactions. These factors include sources of
food, formation of coalitions, play-dates for infants, mutual grooming,
and the apparent pleasure of simple companionship. Chapters cover
different types of friendship fromthose between two individuals, such as
malefemale or parentadult offspring friendships, to thosewithin family
groups, and even inter-species friendships. Not only does the book explore
how and why friendships form, but it also showcases the ingenious field
techniques used by researchers, enabling the reader to understand the
scientific methodology. An invaluable read for both researchers and
students studying animal social bonding.
Anne Innis Dagg holds a Ph.D. in animal behavior and is currently a
Faculty Member in the Independent Studies program at the University
of Waterloo. She has had extensive field experience researching the
behaviors of both mammal and bird species.
Acknowledgments page viii
Male and female pals not just for sex! 18
In sisterhood 39
In brotherhood 70
Mothers and daughters 96
Mothers and sons, and providing free food 109
Fathers and sons, and social grooming and preening 121
Family and group tight bonds 137
Old buddies 157
Social but seldom sociable animals 166
Cross-species pals 189
Animal and human friendships 197
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