After hatching, goslings follow their parents. Babies imprint on the first animal they see after hatching to avoid getting lost. If you hatch eggs in an incubator, imprinted newborn geese may follow you around.


Zebras keep together and mix to avoid predators. Baby zebras must fast imprint on their mothers and learn their stripes. Predators will kill a baby zebra isolated from its mother and/or herd.


Raccoons don't imprint on their parents, but they do with people. Orphaned raccoons are often sent to animal rehabbers. During nursing, humans must be careful not to imprint on the newborns and lose their dread of them.


Hatched ducklings imprint quickly. Ducks are more prey. They can avoid some predators by fast imprinting and swimming. While ducks imprint, many species adopt orphaned ducklings.


Chicks follow their mother soon after hatching. She and the rooster will guard them from raptors, raccoons, and snakes. The hen will educate them to discover bugs and fresh plant shoots.

Guinea Pigs 

Born ready to go, guinea pigs. They're totally functional at birth and appear like mini-parents. Babies imprint on their mother and follow her to nurse and avoid predators.


A male is responsible for the safety of his harem of females and their young. Babies turkeys imprint on their parents shortly after birth and for the first few weeks afterward, they rarely venture far from them for fear of being eaten.


Matriarchal. Men are lowest on the traditional totem pole. Females are reproductive and can have two to three young, unlike wolves. Puppies are born with eyes and teeth and must bond with their mother.

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