Checking Privilege in the Animal Kingdom

Researchers say the human concepts of intergenerational wealth and inequality are useful for studying some animals’ behavior.

Checking Privilege In The Animal Kingdom

The New York Times – by Elizabeth Preston

Some North American red squirrels are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They live in pine forests where the adults defend caches of food. Without a cache of their own, many baby squirrels won’t survive the winter. But each year, some squirrel mothers abandon their territory, bequeathing all their food to one or more babies who stay behind. These young squirrels are much more likely to survive until the spring.

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