WATCH: Rats Taught How To Drive To Lower Their Stress Levels

A group of 17 rats have been taught how to drive little plastic cars by researchers at University of Richmond in the US, in exchange for froot loops. The rats who are taught how to enter a custom “rat-operated vehicle” (ROV) constructed from a one-gallon plastic container turned on its side are trained in two groups; one group is raised in an “enriched environment” with toys, ladders, balls and pieces of wood designed to spark mental stimulation, and the other is reared in a standard, unexciting lab cage. Once inside…

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