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Primates

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 213–218 | Cite as

The process of weaning in hanuman langursPresbytis entellus entellus

  • L. S. Rajpurohit
  • S. M. Mohnot
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Abstract

Twelve langur infants (seven males and five females) of three focal bisexual unimale troops of Hanuman langurs,Presbytis entellus entellus living near Kailana, Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India) were observed for their weaning behaviour. Weaning starts between 7.0 to 10.0 months of age, average 8.6 months. The process of weaning lasts between 3.2 to 5.6 months, average 4.2 months. A 13-month-old infant is fully weaned. Infants are independent at this age. Male infants are weaned earlier compared to females. Males react to their mothers' rejections more fearlessly and are more vocal compared to females. By and large, infants were found in stress during this period as their mothers are often very harsh, hostile, punitive, and indifferent to their infants. By severing ties with their infants, mothers serve dual purpose of allowing their infants to become independent and may be to become ready to bear offspring.

Key Words

Weaning Presbytis entellus Juvenile 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. S. Rajpurohit
    • 1
  • S. M. Mohnot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of JodhpurJodhpurIndia

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