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Reflecting on mothering and loss after orca mom lets go

Day 9: The orca mother continues to carry her deceased baby, as the baby's body begins to decompose.
Courtesy of Soundwatch NMFS permit #21114
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Bill Radke talks about our anthropomorphizing of the grieving mother orca, Tahlequah, and what it tells us about how humans think about mothering and losing a child.

We speak to Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado and author of The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy ― and Why They Matter, among many books. We also speak to Angela Garbes, author of Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.

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Year started with KUOW: 2018