Imprinting

Alannah Goode

What is Imprinting?

When a young animal has its attention fixed on the first object that it has visual, auditory, or tactile experience with and follows it, imprinting is occurring. Most of the time, the infant's mother is the one this happens to, and people tend to think that she is the only one it can happen to. But the thing is, Mother isn't always the one that gets imprinted on.
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Inanimate Objects

Believe it or not, infants can imprint on inanimate objects. Whether it be a bouncy ball or a toy train, nothing is immune to this unique ability animals have. All there has to be is that one object that moves at the right place at the right time, and the animal will grow an attachment to it.


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Siblings or Relatives

Besides Mom, any family member can be imprinted on. For instance, ducks can imprint on their siblings or any other animal that is related to them. The ties between ducks and their own species are not that strong, so it is normal for them to imprint on one of their relatives.


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