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Extra interesting phenomenon in the experiment: infanticide and cannibalism in Tupaia belangeri
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  • Dongmin Hou,
  • Hongbi Peng,
  • Zhengkun Wang,
  • Wanlong Zhu
Dongmin Hou
Yunnan Normal University
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Hongbi Peng
Yunnan Normal University
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Zhengkun Wang
Yunnan Normal University
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Wanlong Zhu
Yunnan Normal University
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Abstract

Maternal infanticide and cannibalism, whereby a mother killing and consumes her own offspring, occurs in various animal taxa. The ability of the tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri) to kill and consume conspecifics is accepted, but the extent of its occurrence is not fully understood due to difficulty in observation and uneven reporting. Here we discover extra interesting phenomenonand that two tree shrew respectively eating the neonate in two different experiments. This was the first recorded of evidence by dynam