Former Millersville University lab rats available for adoption

Millersville University in Lancaster County is looking for good homes for former laboratory animals. The rats now available for adoption were part of the research in the psychology lab. “I like how curious they are. They’re always sniffing around,” student Gina Grasmeder said. Professor Kelly Banna said lab rats make good study subjects. “The principles that govern their behavior are similar to those that govern our behavior, so I like to say humans are rats,” she said. The rats were used in a behavioral study in which they were rewarded with sweetened condensed milk in an operant conditioning chamber. “They’re not always cooperative, but for the most part we were able to get through the study pretty smoothly,” said student Elise Esperanza. Now that their work is done, the 16 Long Evans rats are retiring. Rats are said to make great pets. “They are clingy. They are interactive. You’re smart,” Banna said. Because rats are very social animals, adopters who already have rats or are adopting two or more will be a bit saddened. It’s a bit bittersweet, but I’m glad they’re going to a good home,” Grasmeder said. If you’re interested in adoption, you can apply online.

Millersville University in Lancaster County is looking for good homes for former laboratory animals.

The rats now available for adoption were part of the research in the psychology lab.

“I like how curious they are. They are always sniffing around on something,” says student Gina Grasmeder.

Professor Kelly Banna said lab rats make good study subjects.

“The principles that govern their behavior are similar to those that govern our behavior, so I like to say humans are rats,” she said.

The rats were used in a behavioral study in which they were rewarded with sweetened condensed milk in an operant conditioning chamber.

“They’re not always cooperative, but for the most part we’ve been able to get through the course pretty smoothly,” said student Elise Esperanza.

Now that their work is done, the 16 Long Evans rats are retiring. Rats are said to make great pets.

“They’re loving. They’re interactive. They’re smart,” Banna said.

Because rats are very social animals, adopters who already have rats or adopt two or more are preferred.

“I’m a bit sad. It’s a bit bittersweet, but I’m happy that they’re going to a good home,” said Grasmeder.

If you are interested in adoption, you can apply online.

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