A Dissection of Pacing in Zoo-Housed Polar Bears: How Details of the Behavior Can Suggest Motivational and Causal Factors

@inproceedings{Cless2015ADO,
  title={A Dissection of Pacing in Zoo-Housed Polar Bears: How Details of the Behavior Can Suggest Motivational and Causal Factors},
  author={Isabelle T Cless},
  year={2015}
}
by ISABELLE T. CLESS Pacing is a commonly investigated abnormal behavior in zoo animals, however, little data have been published to support a precise definition of pacing. High-speed video of pacing behavior in 11 zoo-housed polar bears (Ursus maritimus) was compared with goal-oriented locomotion. Step cycle and head height were found to be less variable in the pacing condition (P < 0.01; P < 0.05) and significantly different across conditions (P < 0.01; P < 0.05). Bears did not appear to pace… CONTINUE READING

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