Oregon Zoo develops blood draw technique for alert polar bears

09/21/2012 | Oregonian (Portland), The

Thanks to hours of training polar bears at the Oregon Zoo, staff there have perfected a way to draw blood from polar bears who haven't been sedated or anesthetized. The bears, a brother and sister duo at the zoo, were trained to enter a smaller aluminum enclosure and extend a back paw through a small opening, allowing a technician to shave off fur and access a vein for blood collection while the bears are distracted by food treats. Tests on the blood show lower levels of stress markers than in blood drawn from sedated bears.

View Full Article in:

Oregonian (Portland), The

Published in Brief:

SmartBrief Job Listings for Health Care

Job Title Company Location
Santa Ana, CA
Regulatory Analyst
Delta Dental
Alpharetta, GA
Eastern Zone Sales Director
Regenesis Biomedical
White Plains, NY
Senior Financial Analyst - Growing Manager Care Health Org
Fallon Community Health Plan
Worcester, MA
Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs - Promotional Review
Novo Nordisk
Princeton, NJ