Relationship with Mother: Infant Baboon vs. Infant Human

When comparing the relationship between a baboon infant and its mother with the relationship of a human infant and their mother, there are few differences.

As some may know, human infants are attached to their parents, especially their mother. They get all their nutrients from their mothers’ milk. So, in order to keep getting the right care they need, they must stay with their mother.

Like human infants, infant baboons don’t go anywhere for a while. But they only stay under supervision of an adult at all times for the first 10-12 months. The only source of nutrition is their mothers in the early months. Since baboon mothers’ milk is not so rich with nutrients, the infant must drink frequently throughout the day to get the nutrients it needs to survive and grow. After those early stages, the infant starts to learn how to eat new foods, as the mother starts to wean the infant away from her milk. Once it’s at the last stage, the infant gathers its own food, but occasionally gets a drink from the mother.

Humans and primates have always been known as similar, especially when comparing DNA from the two species, but who knew that relationships were similar, too. As described, the comparison between the infant humans and infant baboons have very little differences. Both species of infants must remain with their parents until they have matured more, and both of their first sources of nutrients are their mothers’ milk. Infants’ lives’ are mostly made up of staying around their mothers.

Works Cited

“From the Cradle to the Grave.” Princeton University. Web. 25 May 2016.


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