Once thought to occur only in birds and mammals in the Northern Hemisphere, due to the more pronounced winters, we now know torpor is widespread in small Australian mammals.
Scientists have discovered that the gray mouse lemur has the ability to hibernate.
Gray mouse lemurs are more closely related to humans than mice. They also have the ability to hibernate, and researchers are hoping to learn how to transfer that ability to humans.
According to the Norse sagas, the kraken terrorized sailors off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.
Jumbo squids live in extreme environments. Tiny genetic modifications allow them to move back and forth from the surface of the ocean to its bottom, killing and eating everything in their path.
Chipmunks have a superpower: hibernation.
Squirrels and chipmunks are distant cousins who have grown a little more apart from each other over millions of years.
Dr. Winifred Frick examines a bat for white-nose syndrome.
Researchers are puzzled by a fungus that is killing millions of bats.
Three North American little brown bats with signs of white-nose syndrome, which is virtually certain to hit Australian bats without further action.
It’s been a deadly summer for Australia’s wildlife. But beyond the fires, we need to act now to protect bats – which make up a quarter of Australian mammal species – from a silent overseas killer.
Yes, I am a bit chilly, why?
When you’re warm and cozy inside, it can be natural to wonder if the animals you see outside your window this winter are doing OK. Don’t worry – they’re doing better out there than you would.
Stink bug sightings are on the rise. In winter, they tend to move indoors to wait out the cold weather.
With the onset of cooler temperatures and shorter days, some insects pack-up and migrate to warmer climates. Others, including stink bugs, take up residence in our homes.
Turtles can’t head south for the winter, so they hibernate in rivers, lakes and ponds.
Crisp temperatures, ice-capped ponds and frozen landscapes send animals scurrying for cover. But just what do turtles do when winter takes hold?
The European Space Agency is exploring what we can learn from animals about long-term deep sleep.
Jonas the lemur defied his small size by living to the age of 29.
David Haring, Duke Lemur Center
A new study looking at a long-lived lemur species attributes it to their frequent hibernation-like state. But what lessons can humans learn from this?
Guys, I’m just trying to hibernate over here.
Jason Cohn / Reuters
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Winter is coming.
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