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Social Ties Among Spotted Hyenas Passed Down From Generation to Generation

“We found overwhelming evidence that social connections of offspring are similar to those of the mother,” Amiyaal Illany said. “A mother who has social affiliations with another hyena can connect her offspring to that hyena and the two, in turn, will form a social bond. Even after the mother-offspring bond itself weakens dramatically, the offspring still remain connected to their mother’s friends.”

 

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