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Both sexes mature at about 11 months, but they may not breed immediately. Some stay on with the family as helpers to assist their parents in raising the next litter. Studies have shown that those families with helpers had litters with a higher number of survivors than those with only the two parents. The young helpers, for their part, gain valuable experience that will help them later in life. Jackals whelp from July to October, which coincides with the peak births of mice and rodents, their favorite prey.
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