Observations of births in wild and captive Pteropus confirm that the usual birthing posture of the mother is hanging from the hind-legs, and not, as was asserted in a recent report, hanging by the thumbs. Observations of births in wild and captive Pteropus show that after emergence of the neonate's head, it is not unusual for the birth-process to be interrupted by a resting period of a few minutes to several hours. The final stages of birth are then completed relatively rapidly and usually without the need for intervention. Factors underlying this pause in parturition are discussed.
Posture and pauses during parturition in flying-foxes (Genus Pteropus, suborder Megachiroptera)
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Len Martin; Posture and pauses during parturition in flying-foxes (Genus Pteropus, suborder Megachiroptera). Australian Zoologist 1 April 1998; 30 (4): 437–442. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1998.010
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