Peanut (Revisited)

I have previously written about the effects of double dwarf genes in kits born of 2 dwarf carriers. Each parent contributes one dwarf gene to the kits and hence, all the mambo jambo.

Let’s take this a little further since I was about to reply to someone asking this question, I thought it would be best to share the information on the blog instead. But before I continue, I would like to stress that I hold no recognized certification in Animal sciences or whatsoever and what I share is mere knowledge acquired through research. Any experts out there are welcome to correct me if I am wrong.

The question was why Peanuts always end up dying.

The organ in question here is the Pituitary gland. The functions of the Pituitary gland are as follows:

* Growth
* Blood pressure
* Some aspects of pregnancy and childbirth including stimulation of uterine contractions during childbirth
* Breast milk production
* Sex organ functions in both men and women
* Thyroid gland function
* The conversion of food into energy (metabolism)
* Water and osmolarity regulation in the body
* Secretes ADH (antidiuretic hormone) to control the absorption of water into the kidneys
* Temperature regulation

I would just like to stress on the points that I have bold and underlined. The double dwarf gene causes the pituitary gland to be stunted/under developed/damage. And thus, without it functioning properly, the little kit is not able to grow properly.

Sometimes they suckle harder then their siblings but still end up dying. That is because they are unable to convert what they suckle into energy and thus, death ensues.

We all know that kits need help with keeping warm and that is the reason why mommy will always pull fur and make a warm nest. They start off having no control over their body temperature and the fur keeps them alive. With peanuts, they are unable to regulate their body temperature although a warm nest is provided. The cost of death mostly for peanuts is the failure to regulate their body temperature.

Hope that helps in answering the question of peanuts.

So does that mean, “Give monkeys, get peanuts?” or “Give peanuts, get monkeys?”.

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One response to “Peanut (Revisited)

  1. THis is an enlightening piece to me.. I never knew peanuts are that fragile because of the way they’re born.

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