Estrous cycle

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Comment by Neal on March 28th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

“periods when the female is fertile and sexually receptive (estrus) interrupted by periods in which the female is not fertile and sexually receptive (anestrus).”

This makes it sound as if the animal is sexually receptive while both estrous and anestrous, when in fact animals do not copulate with they are anestrous. Perhaps an extra ‘not’ should be added into “is not fertile and [not] sexually receptive (anestrus)” for the sake of clarity.

Comment by Rick Swarts on April 14th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Good observation. The addition of an extra “not” in the sentence would help to remove any confusion that could easily occur, as you have noted. I will make the recommended change for the sake for clarity.

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