Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ABC WEdnesday: G is for Gemelliparous

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Don't woryy, it's just a big word for having twins. Maras or Patagonian Hares (Dolichotis patagonium) for example almost always give birth to twins. Several pairs raise their offspring together: one pair keeps watch over the whole group of babies, while the others are free to forage for food. Each female only gives milk to her own babies and finds them by smell. Although it can be quite hard to find them when all the babies in thegroup come running whenever a female appears - watch a video of a female attempting this here.

See what else G stands for with ABC Wednesday

Photo was taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark.

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