"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences,"    "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives."    Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

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"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences," "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives." Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

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