Can Bear Hibernation Advance Human Health? | Live Chat



Bears hibernate to survive winter famine, and their ability to do so has fascinated people for thousands of years. Bears do not eat, drink, urinate, or defecate while hibernating. Yet, they remain healthy by using some of the most remarkable adaptations found in any mammal. Join explore.org’s resident naturalist, Mike Fitz, for this live chat about the amazing abilities of the hibernating bear.

0:00 – Introduction
2:45 – North America’s Bears
8:57 – Hibernation Basics
15:45 – What happens in Hibernation?
24:10 – Giving Birth While Hibernating
29:27 – Brown Bear Genetics & Hibernation
34:51 – Applications for Human Health
40:00 – Viewer Questions

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