A baby's cry transcends species

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A baby's cry transcends species

Post by Yankee » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:28 am

I thought this was really interesting. It looks like there's something about the cry of baby mammals that transcends species. I don't quite follow the bit about "desired frequency range", but they did a study and found that wild deer responded to the distress call of baby seals, marmots, cats, bats, and humans.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-an ... ds-species

Makes me wonder a few things:

-Does this work for humans? What would count as 'responding' for a human - feeling distress? Turning toward the sound more quickly than to other sounds? Going to help?
-Does it work for males of any species, or only females?
-Do you have to be a mother or would it work for humans or animals who haven't had babies?

What do you reckon?
DD born September 2013

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