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Research into social behaviour in animals has often focused on aggression, yet members of social species are far more likely to interact with each other in a positive way. Animal Friendships explores non-sexual bonding behaviours in a range of mammalian and avian species. Through analysis of factors which trigger and deepen friendships, Dagg uncovers a world of intricate and complex social interactions. These factors include sources of food, formation of coalitions, playdates for infants, mutual grooming and the apparent pleasure of simple companionship.
Chapters cover different types of friendship: from those between two individuals, such as male-female or parent-offspring friendships, to those within family groups and even inter-species friendships. Not only does Animal Friendships explore how and why friendships form, it also showcases the ingenious field techniques used by researchers enabling the reader to understand the scientific methodology.
1. Male and female pals - not just for sex!
2. In sisterhood
3. In brotherhood
4. Mothers and daughters
5. Mothers and sons, and providing free food
6. Fathers and sons: social grooming and preening
7. Family and group tight bonds
8. Old buddies
9. Social but seldom sociable animals
10. Cross species pals
11. Animal and human 'friendships'
Anne Innis Dagg holds a PhD in animal behaviour and is currently a faculty member in the Independent Studies program at the University of Waterloo. She has had extensive field experience researching the behaviours of both mammal and bird species.