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Effect of differential rearing on the behavioral and adrenocortical response of lambs to a novel environment

By G. P. Moberg, V. A. Wood

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When lambs (14 days old) were placed in an open space, those reared in isolation were more withdrawn (were slow to begin moving, vocalized infrequently and avoided new objects) than lambs reared with dams or with other lambs. The difference in response was less pronounced when all lambs were retested 28 days later. There was no difference between groups in levels of adrenal glucocorticoids, which were measured immediately after testing.

Date 1982
Publication Title Applied Animal Ethology
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 269-279
Language English
Author Address Dep. Anim. Sci., Univ., Davis, California 95616, USA.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal experimentation
  3. Animal research
  4. Glucocorticoids
  5. Lambs
  6. Mammals
  7. newborn animals
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Sheep
  10. Stress
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