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In drought, zebra finches wring water from their own fat

Deprived birds shown to rely less on stored proteins to quench thirst

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6:00pm, August 31, 2016
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FINCH IN A PINCH  Zebra finches with no water can dodge dehydration by metabolizing body fat, a new study shows. 

Thirsty zebra finches “drink” their body fat. The songbirds are the first birds shown to get through a day without water by breaking down adipose tissue to stay hydrated, says evolutionary physiologist Ulf Bauchinger.

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