Museum of Science and Industry

Scientists at the University of Chicago have published a study describing "empathy-driven helping behavior" in rats. The study claims that rats "acted more agitated" when they saw their cage-mates being restrained, and when placed in the same cage as their trapped companions, rats would teach themselves how to open the restrainer and free their friends. They would even choose to free their friends over eating...

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    through September 7 (see exceptions)
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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