Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation, and Ecosystem Management (BEHAVE)
 

Title

Ability of Lambs to Learn About Novel Foods While Observing or Participating with Social Models

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Volume

25

Issue

1-2

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

1990

First Page

25

Last Page

33

DOI

10.1016/0168-1591(90)90066-M

Abstract

We studied the influence of different social models on the intake of novel foods by lambs. The lambs were 6–7 weeks old during exposure to the novel foods. Lambs that ate novel foods for 16 min per day for 5 days with their mothers consumed about twice (P<0.05) as much of the foods after weaning as lambs that ate the foods with a dry ewe. Lambs exposed alone five times to the novel foods consumed about half (P<0.05) as much as lambs that ate with a dry ewe. Lambs did not learn to eat novel foods by observing, but not concurrently participating, while social models (mother, ewe) ate the foods. However, lambs that observed their mother eat and subsequently avoid a harmful food, ate less (P<0.05) after weaning than lambs that had observed the food only during exposure. Results were the same when lambs were tested 2 months later.

Comments

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