Stressed seabirds not concerned with offspring, study says

Don’t they say on planes take care of yourself before you can help others.  Maybe the birds fell that way?

By Allen Cone |  March 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Researchers have found that little auk seabirds care only about themselves, rather than their offspring, in stressful situations.

Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria, and the University of Gdansk, Poland, studied parent-offspring interactions in the little auk in the Ariekammen slopes in Hornsund of the Arctic Sea in 2012 and 2013, finding that when their own chance of survival is reduced because of a food shortage or weather conditions, the seabirds will focus on looking for their own food rather than caring for their only chick.

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