a behaviour typically observed in animals, especially those with maternal duties such as mothers. Numerous explanations exist for licking behaviour to a method of identification to simply cleaning the offspring.

LICKING BEHAVIOR: "Animals, such as cats and dogs display licking behaviour in abundance as, it is thought, an exercise to imprint on the offspring who their parent is."
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