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As the two previous people mentioned, the muzzle lick behavior is a crucial behavior in maintaining pack cohesiveness (bond) in canids. African wild dogs are the premier of social canids and this behavior of bonding has caused their dramatic decline due to disease transmission (rabies and parvovirus) in Africa. In addition, the behavior is solicitive in pups to get the adults to regurgitate to them, and for more submissive animals to show to the breeding pair (or more dominant animals when they exist in unique pack structures in captivity).
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