Back in my college days, I watched a documentary on the animals of the Galápagos Islands. Zoologists observed strange, heartless behavior in a bird there:
The Nazca booby, a Galápagos Island seabird, emerges from its shell ready to kill its brother or sister (Science Daily).
In the video, I saw the evidence. If a mother had more than one offspring, the larger one shoved the smaller out. Where it died.
Biologists have linked the murderous behavior to high levels of testosterone and other male hormones found in the hatchlings (Science Daily).
Sometimes, when I watch my children (all boys) interact, this clip comes to mind. Especially the last bit. See, the shocked zoologists tried stepping in; stopping Little Billy Booby from ousting Little-er Harry.
What happened? The mother died. She just couldn’t keep up with feeding that extra mouth.
Well, I’d best go tuck all my boobies into bed…
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