In thinking out our original experiment, we wanted to add a stage where the rats were in the tank together without the screen. There would be one pile of food and both their boxes would be in the tank. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to do a real test on this. We did however, do one trial just to see what would happen. The results were very interesting.
Penelope hoarded 28 pellets and stole 7 pellets from Louise’s tank.
Louise hoarded 25 pellets and stole 4 pellets from Penelope’s tank.
The rats were at some points rough with each other. It was interesting to see that it took no time for them to distinguish their own boxes. The rats seemed very competitive and protective over their box and food.
Here is a video that shows what happened during the trial.
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