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November 16 2012

Animals Get Bored, Too


It is easy to look at caged or cooped up animals and think that, like people, they must get bored with such a confined existence.

While itís impossible to know what other creatures are thinking, a new study is the first to experimentally demonstrate signs of boredom in animals that aren't given much to do.

For the study, researchers from the University of Guelph, Canada, worked with 29 captive mink. Some animals were housed in plain wire-mesh cages, where they lived for seven months before the experiments began.

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