Young meerkat peering out from under a resting group of adults

Co-operative breeding

Co-operative breeding is when parents recruit the previous year's grown up offspring or other adult helpers to help raise the latest brood or litter. The minders may look after the young in creches, or individually. Examples include bee-eaters, wolves and of course, humans. If grandma or a child minder helps look after the kids, then that's co-operative breeding!

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    With Ooh's and Ahh's galore this video clip collection celebrates a world of adorable animal babies.