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How does hibernation work? - Sheena Faherty


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The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares to hibernate by storing its fat reserves in its tail - doubling its body weight. Why do these animals go to such extremes? Sheena Lee Faherty details why animals hibernate.

Animals hibernate to survive winter, when they might otherwise freeze to death or starve. What are some other behaviors that animals use to survive winter?

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