Animal Friendships

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 1, 2011 - Medical
Research into social behaviour in 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 behaviours in a range of mammalian and avian species. Through analysis of factors which trigger and deepen friendships, Dagg uncovers a world of intricate and complex social interactions. These factors include sources of food, formation of coalitions, playdates for infants, mutual grooming and the apparent pleasure of simple companionship. Chapters cover different types of friendship: from those between two individuals, such as male-female or parent-offspring friendships, to those within family groups and even inter-species friendships. Not only does the book explore how and why friendships form, 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
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
Crossspecies pals
189
Animal and human friendships
197
References
213
Notes
227
Index
233
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Anne Innis Dagg holds a PhD in animal behaviour and is currently a faculty member in the Independent Studies program at the University of Waterloo. She has had extensive field experience researching the behaviours of both mammal and bird species.

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