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October 11 2013

Meerkats 'pay rent' to dominant female to stay in group


Some subordinate female meerkats wet-nurse a dominant female's offspring in exchange for not being evicted from the group, a study suggests.

Researchers found that females were more likely to do this if they had recently lost pups or had returned to the group following eviction.

A group's dominant female aggressively suppresses other females from breeding through infanticide or eviction.

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