Pregnancy during hibernation in Japanese black bears: effects on body temperature and blood biochemical profiles

  title={Pregnancy during hibernation in Japanese black bears: effects on body temperature and blood biochemical profiles},
  author={Michito Shimozuru and Ruriko Iibuchi and T. Yoshimoto and A. Nagashima and J. Tanaka and T. Tsubota},
  • Michito Shimozuru, Ruriko Iibuchi, +3 authors T. Tsubota
  • Published 2013
  • Biology
  • Abstract Bears from the family Ursidae are the only terrestrial mammals that go through gestation, parturition, and lactation during hibernation. This is the 1st study to examine the influence of reproductive status (i.e., nonpregnant, pseudopregnant, or pregnant) on body temperature and blood biochemical profiles in hibernating black bears. Pregnant bears appeared to have higher and more stable body temperatures (37–38°C) than nonpregnant ones (34–36°C) during pregnancy, which was followed by… CONTINUE READING
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