‘Breathing Bear’ soothes moms more than infants

A stuffed teddy bear that appears as if it?s inhaling and exhaling was designed by researchers to comfort fussy babies in the crib, but it seems to work even better for their mothers, a new study reveals. According to the mothers? estimates of crying time, babies who spent five months snuggling with ?Breathing Bear? did not cry any less than infants who shared their crib with a regular stuffed bear, say Evelyn B. Thoman, Ph.D., and Claire Novosad, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut. But mothers of the Breathing Bear babies reported less depression and stress and described their infants as less fussy and difficult.

When predators attack (each other)

Lesson one: don’t steal a bear’s dinner. Last week, a wolverine – a ferocious member of the weasel family able to kill a caribou – learned this the hard way, according to a team of researchers from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Scientists Kristine and Bob Inman, while tracking the wolverine as part of a WCS study of these rare carnivores, discovered that the animal’s radio collar began emitting a “mortality signal,” indicating it hadn’t moved in several hours. They later found the wolverine’s carcass, showing clear evidence that it had been killed by a bear. Nearby, they discovered the carcass of an elk, along with additional evidence that the wolverine had attempted to drag it away from the bear, thus instigating the fatal encounter.