A break from the pups: Effects of get-away lofts on the welfare of lactating laboratory rats

Presented at WC11, 2021

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Rats without a loft spent more time passively nursing (especially as pups got older and more mobile):

Rats with access to a loft made use of it more as pups got older, and were able to spend time away from their litter (even though the pups often tried hard to join her!):