Journal article

What makes wild rabbits drink?

E Tarjan, DA Denton, MJ McKinley, JF Nelson, RS Weisinger

Journal of Physiology-Paris | Published : 1984

Abstract

Wild rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus (L) introduced to Australia over a century ago successfully colonized diverse environments in a large part of the continent varying from arid desert, alps, to lush grasslands and coastline where water and salt may be either abundant or very scarce. Wild rabbits caught in Northern Victoria were studied under laboratory conditions, where they adapted to dry pelleted food and drank regularly water and a cafeteria of electrolyte solutions offered. Intracerebroventricular (IVT) infusion of angiotensin II (AII) in doses 10, 50 and 500 ng/h did not increase their water drinking, but increased salt appetite, although it was delayed one or more days after the beginn..

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