Captive housing during water vole (Arvicola terrestris) reintroduction: does short-term social stress impact on animal welfare?
Background: Animals captive bred for reintroduction are often housed under conditions which are not representative of their preferred social structure for at least part of the reintroduction process. Specifically, this is most likely to occur during the final stages of the release programme, whilst being housed during transportation to the release site. The degree of social stress experienced by individuals during this time may negatively impact upon their immunocompetence. Methodology/Princi...Expand abstract
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- Citation: Gelling, M. et al. (2010). ' Captive housing during water vole (Arvocola terrestris) reintroduction: does short-term social stress impact on animal welfare?', PLoS ONE 5(3):e9791. [Available at http://www.plosone.org]. © 2010 Gelling et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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