A team of Japanese scientists has shown it is possible for mammals, such as the Iberian black pig, to absorb oxygen via the anus. Photo: AFP
A team of Japanese scientists has shown it is possible for mammals, such as the Iberian black pig, to absorb oxygen via the anus. Photo: AFP
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Mammals can breathe through anus in emergencies, say Japanese researchers

  • Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University were able to prove that mice, rats and pigs can breathe through their intestines in emergencies
  • Researchers say the finding might also apply to humans who are in respiratory distress when ventilators are not available or inadequate

A team of Japanese scientists has shown it is possible for mammals, such as the Iberian black pig, to absorb oxygen via the anus. Photo: AFP
A team of Japanese scientists has shown it is possible for mammals, such as the Iberian black pig, to absorb oxygen via the anus. Photo: AFP
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