By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters
THE MORE WE learn about animals, the more complex and interesting is the behavior they exhibit. My faithful mutt from the pound, a dog named Buster Brown, impresses me from time to time with complex behaviors aimed at getting what he wants out of me. Most people who live with animals can tell you a tale or two of diabolical – or thoughtful – animal behavior they’ve witnessed.
But even knowing all that, a recent study on lab rats took me by surprise. The research makes it clear that rats empathize with one another and will actively work to help one another.
Here’s the scoop that was recently published in the prestigious journal Science. The work was done by Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago with the help of colleagues