By Jennifer R. Johnson, Reuters A dog’s first steps can be a bit tricky, and a newborn’s mother’s instincts can be off.
But a new study has found that a woman’s instinct to protect a newborn can help raise and care for a puppy, even if her own instincts are off.
The study, published in the journal Animal Behavior and Neuroscience, involved two dogs born from the same litter, one that was born blind and one that had its eye removed.
It also involved a mother who gave birth to both of the dogs.
The mother, whose name was withheld for safety reasons, did not know which was which, and the researchers asked her how much care she was giving the baby when it was in the crib.
“When we first started doing this study, I was shocked,” the mother said.
“I thought, I don’t know what the heck is going on, this is not normal.”
When the researchers first got to the study, they found that the mother had no idea which puppy was which.
“So she’s not trained,” said researcher and University of Michigan neuroscientist Matthew M. Hines.
“But she was trying to understand the situation, and I think she was doing it with a lot of care.”
A blind dog and a mother with an eye that’s missingWhen the mother was pregnant with the puppy, she was not only more attentive and attentive to the puppy’s needs than she was when she was still pregnant, she also became more protective.
“We found that when we looked at the mother, her body language was different,” Hines said.
She was moving her head and shoulders more, looking directly into the baby’s eyes.
“I think the reason that she was more interested in the puppy was because she was seeing it differently,” Hins said.
When the mom was nursing the puppy when the mother’s eye was removed, she tended to look more concerned.
“She’s not looking at the baby, she’s looking at her own eyes,” Hino said.
But when the baby was born, the mother did not seem to be caring as much.
“That baby was in there for two months and then she didn’t care about it anymore,” Hinos said.
The baby was an eye-missing puppy.
But the mother who had the eye-removal did not have that reaction.
She said she was focused on her own baby, and she did not want the baby to be a burden on her.
“Her mind was set, ‘If this baby comes out and this puppy comes out, I’m going to do whatever it takes to have this baby,'” Hines explained.
The researchers also noticed that the babies’ mothers had a different reaction to the sight of their babies.
“You can tell, because it’s not just one eye.
It’s not two eyes.
It looks like two eyes and it’s completely different,” Mihals said.”
In my opinion, we’ve shown that the maternal instinct can play a role in how our offspring reacts to different environments,” Hina said.
This new study could shed light on how humans can best raise and adopt a baby who needs special care, said study coauthor, University of Maryland researcher Daniel W. Siegel.
“These are very young, and very complicated animals, and they are very social animals, so we have to understand their minds and how they respond to new environments,” Siegel said.
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