Why These Squirrels Destroy Their Brains Every Winter

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It seems like a terrible idea to destroy and rebuild your own brain, but that is exactly what some ground squirrels are doing all winter long.

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Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/apr/10/arctic-ground-squirrel-key-alzheimers-cure
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Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spermophilus_parryii_(eating_mushroom).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel_-_Bow_Lake.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spermophilus_undulatus1.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PSM_V84_D158_Thirteen-lined_ground_squirrel_awakening_from_hibernation.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Hibernation#/media/File:PSM_V84_D159_Thirteen-lined_ground_squirrel_awakening_from_hibernation.jpg
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/small-chipmunk-gm488364313-39242694
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/neurons-electric-pulse-gm629614340-112085713
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel#/media/File:Golden_mantled_ground_squirrel.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel#/media/File:Goldmantelziesel.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel#/media/File:Callospermophilus_lateralis_Bryce_Canyon.jpg
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