Balloon animals are now being used in Australia and New Zealand for medical research.
Balloon animals, which are controlled by humans, are being used for medical studies at the University of Queensland.
University of Queensland Professor James Worsley said the research had helped researchers understand how different species reacted to different environmental conditions.
“We’ve shown that they’re very resilient and when they’re exposed to very different types of stress, they adapt very well to the environmental changes that they experience,” he said.
Mr Worsly said balloon animals would be used in the future to help the elderly, people with heart conditions, and people with chronic diseases.
The research will involve monitoring how animals responded to a variety of conditions and then using them to improve their health.
Dr Lisa Jardine from the University’s School of Animal Science said the animals could help people living with heart disease and chronic diseases and to study how animals cope with stress.
She said balloon animal research was in its early stages.
But balloon animals could also be used to study the effects of COVID-19, a coronavirus which has caused a global pandemic.
They are used to measure the viral load in blood samples from the sick.
More than 300,000 people in Australia, the UK and the US have contracted the coronaviruses coronaviral respiratory syndrome (CRIS-19) and coronavital herpes.
Professor Worsler said the balloon animals were designed to mimic a balloon being inflated.
He said balloon monkeys would be placed on a balloon, which would then float through the air.
This balloon would then make the animal bounce off surfaces such as fences and walls.
It would then release the balloon back into the air where it could bounce off other balloons.
When it was released, the balloon animal would return to the ground.
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