The People Under The Stairs (3/29)

It would seem that I slept through Monday in such a way that I completely forgot about posting a link. That just got me thinking about hibernation, and actually bears. Bears do not hibernate. It sounds ridiculous, I know. I was always told they did. But no, they actually do not truly hibernate. They spend times when food is scarce sleeping a whole lot, but that is different, as they do get up and go looking for food every once in a while. Hibernation is definitively seasonal, and the animal reaches a point of “near-death,” where their temperature is lower, the heart rate is lower, and their breathing rate is lower. Their metabolism pretty much stops. That is all I have to say on bears hibernating.

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Hulking Manatee

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3 Responses to The People Under The Stairs (3/29)

  1. William Popov says:

    Lies. Dreadful lies. I will never believe any of it. Bears have always hibernated and always will hibernate. I think it would be cool to be a bear. I could eat just about any living thing, and sleep in the snow, and be generally cool.

    Also: bear bacon? I don’t think so.
    Was it in Food Studies or somewhere else that we talked about apex predators being bad food choices?

  2. Mr. Sturdy Knight says:

    That was Food Studies, William. And it’s true; eating an apex predator is basically equivalent to licking all of the dirtiest corners of their habitat at once. It’s just not a good idea.

  3. porteram says:

    I have a hard time believing this guy’s claim that there are less than ten animals in the world that hibernate. The idea is absurd. I think this guy is taking the definition of “hibernation” a little to literally. Just because not all animals hibernate as intensely as a woodchuck doesn’t mean that what they are doing isn’t classified as hibernation. And where did bear bacon come from? I see no reference to it anywhere in this post or the article linked to it.

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