Lauren’s paper on “bunks” for mink accepted today!

2 04 2013

Never tire of the AABS “Pleased to inform you” email! Lauren Dawson (now doing a PhD with Lee Niel) did her Masters project with me, providing nursing mink mothers with an elevated shelf or “bunk bed” so that they can rest away from their kits when they need a break. This simple enrichment made them less stereotypic & reduced signs of mastitis. (Misha Buob replicated this on a larger scale the following year & found that bunks reduce infant mortality too).