Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 2: Wildlife Populations

Parenting Strategy: Avoid

Mothers leave their offspring for most of the day. They only visit once or twice to feed the babies.


Animals that are commonly hunted as prey, such as Eastern Cottontail rabbits and White-tailed Deer, must be careful about drawing attention to their young if they want them to survive to adulthood. To do this, the mothers will leave babies on their own for hours at a time, sometimes even the whole day, returning only to feed them. Because the babies are not able to move about on their own, they are less likely to be noticed by a predator, and are unlikely to wander off and get lost.


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