A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction to another animal of its own kind or to a substitute or an object identified as the parent.
The development through exceptionally fast learning in young animals of recognition of and attraction to members of their own species or to surrogates
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