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Female mice that lose a male partner are wary of taking a new one



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18 May 2021

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre

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The California mouse (Peromyscus californicus)

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Female mice who mate for life seem to take longer to get over the loss of their partner than male mice. The females are slower to begin a sexual relationship with a new partner – perhaps because life experience has taught them to be sceptical that a new male will stick around and help care for pups.

California mice (Peromyscus californicus) are monogamous rodents that form lifelong relationships with a partner, sharing a home and parenting duties. But if the partner dies or disappears, the bereaved mouse often finds a new life partner …

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