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"A 30-year-old gorilla at a Florida zoo has become a surrogate mother to a baby gorilla whose mother hasn't shown sufficient interest in her baby."

surrogate-mother: 1. a person, animal, or thing that takes on all or part of the role of mother to another person or animal; 2. a woman who bears a child on behalf of another woman, either from her own egg fertilized by the other woman's partner, or from the implantation in her uterus of a fertilized egg from the other woman.
foster-mother, foster-parent: a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
alloparent: "But the thing is, among hunter-gatherers, the way to breed successfully is having alloparental help and provisioning help from others."

Recession alert by fertility
Sarah Hrdy's book Mother Nature, A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 05:02:36 PM EST
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