Moose at Minnesota Zoo get waterbeds as part of research study
Oh, you know, just loungin' on my waterbed, listening to some Floyd.
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.
Moose at the Minnesota Zoo seem to be bringing back a trend that died in the '70s.
According to Dr. Nick McCann, a Minnesota Zoo conservation biologist and author of the heat-stress study, the moose are typically bedded on rubber mats topped with straw in the holding area.
"The rubber mats may be insulating the moose -- they may not allow heat to be conducted away from their bodies to the ground below," McCann said in a statement. "One of the questions we will ask in the study is whether the waterbed will be better than the rubber mat at conducting the heat because water is an excellent conductor of heat."
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