I can’t bear to watch

A new science study notes that black bears have a peculiar way of hibernating.

Although their body temperature drops only about 10 degrees Fahrenheit, their metabolism falls by more than 75%, allowing them to sleep through the winter without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating, researchers reported in the journal Science.

Gosh, they’re missing out on the best parts of life. The article continues…

Previous research had indicated that the bears’ temperature does not fall like that of other animals — which often drops near freezing — during their periods of winter quiescence, and many researchers had therefore argued that the animals do not really hibernate.

It seems like a silly debate to have. If you want to figure out whether a bear is hibernating, just walk up to him and start kicking him.

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