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Techniques for Surgical Implantation of Radio Transmitters in the Silver Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Randi Oppermann Moe, Morten Bakken, Øyvind Haga and Adrian Smith
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Vol. 26, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 422-429
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20095501
Page Count: 8
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Techniques for Surgical Implantation of Radio Transmitters in the Silver Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
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Abstract

Stress and behavior research in captive furbearing animals such as the silver fox (Vulpes vulpes) is often based on ethological observations and physiological data. However, blood sampling, handling, and even the mere presence of humans have been shown to be severe stress factors for most farmed silver foxes. In an attempt to collect stress physiological data without disturbing the animals, radio transmitters, signalling heart rate, core temperature, and locomotory activity, were implanted in 18 silver fox vixens. All these parameters can change during stress, and can give valuable information to supplement behavioral observations. The present study describes the development of an implantation technique and potential problems when using the system in captive semidomesticated animals.

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