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Animal Stress by Stanley E. Curtis (auth.), Gary P. Moberg (eds.)

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31. , and R. K. Lore. Aggression in domesticated rats reared in a burrowdigging environment. Aggressive Behav. 7: 245-252, 1981. 32. Price, E. 0. The laboratory animal and its environment. In: Control of the Animal House Environment, edited by T. McScheehey. London: Lab. , 1976, p. 7-23. (Laboratory Animal Handbook vol. ) 33. Price, E. 0. Behavioral aspects of animal domestication. Q. Rev. Biol. 59: 1-32, 1984. 34. Price, E. , and J. A. King. Domestication and adaptation. In: Adaptation of Domestic Animals, edited by E.

Thus, in addition to a pronounced activation of the sympathetic-adrenal medullary system, the flightfight pattern is associated with release of norepinephrine and epinephrine (in ratios that appear to vary with the type of stimulus; 5), with related changes in blood levels of glucose and lipids, with increased heart rate and cardiac output, and with acute elevation of arterial pressure. The primary behavioral correlate of this response mode is increased activity. , essential hypertension and other disorders of the cardiovascular system (6).

Because the term abnormal carries the implication of being detrimental, it may be more proper to think of these responses as coping mechanisms or alternative adaptations rather than as abnormal behaviors. Regardless of whether atypical behavior patterns of captive animals are considered abnormal, the fact that an animal exhibits these behaviors should not be used as evidence that the animal is indeed suffering unless it can be demonstrated that the atypical behavior is induced by suffering or that performing the behaviors can be detrimental to the animal's health and well-being.

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