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Old 08-04-2009   #12
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Re: Texas Women Who Kill Their Babies.

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Originally Said by EmperorChaos View Post
I don't believe there were keepers for this baboon-whatzit. The Scott Makakill or whoever guy claimed to have taken the pictures in the wild.

But yeah, I've also read other documented cases where non-human primates have continued to care for their young after they've long since died. I've never read a case where a chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, or orangutan (you know, the Great Apes) continued to care for its young after death.
This isn't just limited to primates.

My grandfather had a cow whose calf died about 3 days after she was born; after the calf died, for several hours the cow kept trying to nurse her anyway, and was nudging her over and over again. When they loaded the calf up in the trailer to take away, he had to have my uncles tie the cow back because she wasn't letting anyone get near her baby. She was crying the entire time; it was probably the saddest thing I've ever seen.

I see something like that in a supposedly brainless animal, then I see thsoe cases of women that kill their babies and think "what's wrong with humanity?"
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