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Solicit-Food

An infant, calf or juvenile standing or walking parallel to its mother or other family member, with trunk raised toward or reaching into the mouth of the mother or other. Instances of this behaviour among infants appears to be related to sampling what the mother is eating. It is thought that such Food-Sampling is an example of social learning. Among older calves and juveniles, such behaviour is often associated with persistent following and reaching and begging or complaining calls such as Suckle-Rumbles, Cry-Rumbles and Grumble-Rumbles. Solicit-Food can be distinguished from Test-Mouth since begging behavior and feeding is typically associated with this behavior. (68b)