Come to Mama

Fur seal pups are able to detect the unique call of their mothers

  • NWF Staff
  • Oct 01, 2003
BORN AMID THE CHAOS of a densely packed colony, a fur seal pup must be certain who its mother is, because no other female will feed the youngster.

A recent study by a University of Alberta biologist found that the pups do this by learning their mothers’ unique calls, which they can recognize just two days after birth.

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