Imprinting

Mason Thompson

Imprinting is learning based on early experience; once imprinting has occurred, the behavior cannot be changed. Some animals become very attached to their parents, or to a certain place when they are born. So the animal would always be attached to that parent or that specific place. Most imprinting is done based on movement at birth.
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Follow the Leader

The baby ducks have a natural born instinct to follow either their mother or their father. Whoever, or whatever they see when they first hatch is what they think their parent is. The ducks get attached to the animal or person, and it is impossible to get them to change who they think there parent is.


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Who's Your Mama?

Joe Hutto, a naturalist, became "mother" to a flock of turkeys, because he was the first thing they saw when they were hatched. To ensure these turkeys thought he was their "mother", he used sight, smell, and sound to make sure they thought he was their parent. As soon as the turkeys hatched, they were positioned so that Hutto was the first thing they saw. According to Hutto, he said they made a "connection". The hatchlings all huddled up against Hutto and just like that he was their parent.


Photo: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2011/11/imprinting-article.jpg