Baby giraffes steal milk, and adults let them do it

Image credit: Markéta Gloneková

Baby giraffes have got some cheek. They seem to use stealth to steal milk from giraffes that are not their mothers, at least in zoos.

About 40 per cent of their suckling is from non-mothers, which is the highest rate recorded in any non-domesticated mammal. This is unexpected since milk is costly to produce, so a mother is expected to save it for her own offspring. So what is going on?

Read the full article in New Scientist.