Mice Run Wheels for Fun: Study

May 21, 2014 7:21 PM

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The next time you see a lab mouse going nowhere fast on an exercise wheel, don't feel so sorry for him. Recent research has found that mice actually enjoy running on the wheel, and even wild mice will do it.

A study recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society details how researchers set out to determine if wheel running is simply a behavioral "artefact of captivity" among lab mice, or if the animals will purposely seek out the activity even in the wild.

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