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Assessing fear in rabbits. Preliminary results

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2012 IX International Livestock Environment Symposium (ILES IX)  ILES12-2027.(doi:10.13031/2013.41600)
Authors:   Irene Olivas, Arantxa Villagrá
Keywords:   Fear, rabbits, novel object, open field test, behavior

Fear has been assessed in several species throughout different tests. Two of the most popular fear tests are novel object and open field test. These tests have been used in rodents or pigsbut little is known about rabbits. Thus, it is necessary to assess the validity of these tests in commercial rabbits, as well as assessing potential differences in the behavior of males, breeding does and young females. The aim of this work was to validate a novel object and an open field test in young male rabbits, multiparous does and nuliparous does, by measuring stress induced hyperthermia.

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