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Why This Scientist Wears a Polar Bear Suit to Work

扮成北极熊做研究的科学家们

“It’s really tough to get inside the mind of a musk ox.”

“想要了解麝牛的内心世界真的很难。”

Arctic musk oxen rarely encounter bears.

北极麝牛很少有机会遇到熊。

But now, climate change may push polar bears and caribou into musk ox territory.

然而现在,气候变化可能会迫使北极熊和北美驯鹿进入麝牛的领地。

Berger and his team investigated how musk oxen might react to these newcomers.

伯杰和他的团队就麝牛对这些新来者会作何反应进行了研究。

He approached groups of musk oxen dressed as a caribou…and as a polar bear* to see if the animals would ignore him, flee or charge.

他装扮成一头驯鹿接近麝牛牛群……然后又装扮成一只北极熊……以此来观察麝牛牛群是否会做出忽视他、逃跑或向他冲去的举动。

The scientists emerged unscathed and are now analyzing the data.

科学家们均毫发无损,目前正在分析数据。

*Editor’s Note: The original costume included white gloves, but they were not warm enough to use in the experimental trials.

编者记:最初的服装道具带有白色手套,但在实验测试使用中却不够温暖。

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