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Evaluation of baseline indices of sensibility in captive cetaceans
  1. A. Butterworth, BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertWel, CBiol, MBiol, MRCVS1,
  2. S. C. Kestin, BVSc, PhD1 and
  3. J. F. McBain2
  1. 1 Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  2. 2 Sea World of California, San Diego, CA 92109, USA


Twelve possible tests of sensibility and six possible tests of vitality were evaluated for their ease of application and the reliability of the animals' responses in 25 animals of six species of captive cetaceans. The protocols for the application of the tests and the responses observed are described.

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