Observations on parturition and allomothering in wild capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus)
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A birth during the day by a capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus Blyth, 1843) was recorded at Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India. The birth took 43 min. Allomothering was observed 3 h after the birth. An average of 9% of daily active time was shared by four allomothers (three adults, one subadult) during the first 15 days of the infant’s life. Total time allomothering was proportional to the age of the allomothers (241 min for oldest; 214 min for youngest).
KeywordsCapped langur Parturition Post-partum Neonate Allomothering
The authors are grateful to the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, New Delhi, for financially supporting this research. We thank the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, for kind permission and support in conducting research in the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary. Our sincere thanks are also extended to the Director, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology for providing other essential facilities for this work. The authors also thank the anonymous reviewers for their comments.
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