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The Mothers Role In the chimpanzee society an infant would not survive without his mother A child is dependent on his mother from infancy through adolescence thus making a motherchild relationship special and a mothers role vital Births are relatively few in a chimpanzee community making them something of an event Goodall Shadow 146 A mother will only have a baby once every four and a half to six years and a group of thirty to forty individuals will have no more than one or two a year 146 According to Landau in Mother and Newly Born Infant During the first months of life infants are completely dependent on their mothers for food and care Nearly every hour a newborn will nurse for three minutes and at night you can find the infant sleeping in her mothers arms high in a tree Infant A mother normally will protect an infant less than five months old from contact with other chimpanzees as well Shadow 148 However this sheltering does cause some problems with the males because if they are not allowed to examine the infant closely enough to fulfill their curiosity they will begin to display or leap around swinging branches 147 146 As the infant gets older around three months it will start to reach for other chimps sitting close by but unless the other chimp is a sibling the mother will quickly pull their hands away 148 Chimpanzees will start to move on the ground clumsily around six months of age However in tree branches they climb much more securely Infant A mother has to keep a watchful eye on her child as well as the other chimpanzees in the group during this period of growth because the infant chimpanzee will start to interact with the elders and an infant lacks perception as to their mood Shadow 151 For example when Goodall describes Goblin just before Mike began to display He seemed totally unconcerned
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