The science behind why loons kill each others’ babies
Ottawa Citizen

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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, July 4, 2016

This summer, Postmedia’s Tom Spears brings you the often offbeat science behind the season that calls us to go outdoors. It’s all part of a series we call the Science of Summer. Today’s story is on loons, who are not uniquely savage, but as ruthless as any other species: All is not peaceful in the loon family.

New mates replace old after violent battles for territory, and the family members that pay the heaviest price can be chicks that are killed as a result of these fights.