Rats and Basketball
By identity on Jan 28, 2006
I happened across this post after reading an article on e-learning. It reminded me of a funny rat-training experience my sister had many years ago.
For an eighth grade science fair project, my sister taught a pair of white rats to play basketball. She gave a food reward to each rat when it stuffed a whiffle ball through a hoop. The rats would happily play basketball in order to get food.
All was well until the day of the science fair. That morning, the female rat gave birth to a litter of baby rats. Understandably, she refused to play basketball.
The male rat? Of course, he went right on playing basketball! What did you expect?