A new study done at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University has found that rodents console each other. The scientists separated prairie voles, a type of rodent that is monogamous, and then they put them back together with their mates after giving one of the mates a shock. The prairie vole that was not shocked groomed its shocked mate longer than prairie voles groomed mates that were not harmed in another experiment. The bonding hormone oxytocin may be responsible for the consoling behavior in the prairie voles because when the scientists blocked oxytocin, the prairie voles stopped their grooming behavior. 





Discovery News

Rodents Show Empathy for Loved Ones in Pain

Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University created an experiment in which they isolated prairie voles — dark rodents which mate in long-term monogamous pairs and raise their offspring together — from others they knew.

View original post here

Tagged with:
Bug News Editor
About The Author

Bug News Editor

The content production team of Pest Control Products Pro. Searching the Web for the best bug news we can find and sharing them with you.