Bears are known to go into hibernation during the cold winter months but there is not much information on how they keep up with the normal body functions as they sleep. Now scientists have gotten one step closer and reveal that the animals have the remarkable capacity to heal their wounds as they hibernate.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, you’d probably agree that this year’s winter was rather mild compared to previous years. Freakishly warm, really. And while the warm weather has probably been enjoyed by most, according to wildlife specialists, the warm winter won’t settle too well with the Animal Kingdom.
A first-of-kind study on hibernating black bears revealed many surprise findings. While five black bears slept all winter in natural settings, scientists monitored their heart rate, metabolism and other bodily functions to gets some facts hitherto unknown about the hibernating days of this animal.