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At the peak population, most mice spent every living second in the company of hundreds of other mice. They gathered in the main squares, waiting to be fed and occasionally attacking each other. Few females carried pregnancies to term, and the ones that did seemed to simply forget about their babies. They'd move half their litter away from danger and forget the rest. Sometimes they'd drop and abandon a baby while they were carrying it. The few secluded spaces housed a population Calhoun called, "the beautiful ones." Generally guarded by one male, the females—and few males—inside the space didn't breed or fight or do anything but eat and groom and sleep. When the population started declining the beautiful ones were spared from violence and death, but had completely lost touch with social behaviors, including having sex or caring for their young.
Aggression was not significantly more prevalent in high-density environments, but something else was: coping behavior, such as mutual grooming, rapid reconciliation after fights and the use of specific facial expressions that indicate a desire to avoid trouble.
originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: loam
Well I was posting that too not long ago. Must be a sad world you live in when everytime somebody finds something interesting you suspect a sinister agenda.