Study: Mare Vocalization Associated With Foal Survival

Researchers observed feral herd interactions during a three-year study and found effective mare-foal vocal communication seems to help foals survive.

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Study: Mare Vocalization Associated With Foal Survival
Researchers observed 45 mare-and-foal pairs living in feral herds on the barrier island of Shackleford Banks off the coast of North Carolina. | Photo: Courtesy Cassandra M. V. Nuñez, PhD

What you might hear if you used an automatic interpreter app in a field full of mares and foals:

“Hey baby, I’m right here if you need anything

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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