The effects of captivity stress on the blood chemical values of the chacma baboon (Papio ursinus)

Steyn D.G. (1975)


Baboons were trapped and transported to the colony within 3 days of being captured. Blood was collected on Tuesdays and Fridays for blood chemical determinations. The changes in albumin and globulin resulted in marked changes in the albumin: globulin ratio. Cholesterol values showed a sudden and marked drop and the values were still below normal at the end of 9 wk. Blood sugar values increased to significantly elevated levels and marked changes occurred in the enzyme activity and plasma corticosteroid activity. Male and female animals differed in their response with regard to the values found for some parameters. A period of adaptation or conditioning of 8 wk was found to be required for an animal to reach stability in its blood chemical values.

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