Retention of social recognition after hibernation in Belding's ground squirrels.

@article{Mateo2000RetentionOS,
  title={Retention of social recognition after hibernation in Belding's ground squirrels.},
  author={Mateo and Johnston},
  journal={Animal behaviour},
  year={2000},
  volume={59 3},
  pages={491-499}
}
The retention of social memory during long periods of separation, such as hibernation or migration, has not been well documented, despite evidence for long-term social relationships in migrating species or in long-lived sedentary species. We investigated the ability of captive Belding's ground squirrels, Spermophilus beldingi, to remember previously familiar individuals as well as littermates after 9 months of isolation. Before hibernation, young ground squirrels discriminated between odours of… CONTINUE READING