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Male hamsters pack on the pounds while females stockpile food for winter

During hibernation common hamsters (Cricetus cricetus) alternate their time between bouts of torpor during which their metabolic rate drops and body temperature is low and arousal during which body temperature is normal.┬áHibernation allows animals to conserve energy although it is not without costs as it often results in memory deficits, cell damage and┬áreduced immune function. Thus some studies have suggested that animals with sufficient food stores will not undergo hibernation […]

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