UC Santa Cruz researchers: Clean living no guarantee for wild mice

October 25, 2013

Apparently living cleanly is a luxury for wild mice.

That’s according to new research conducted by scientists at UC Santa Cruz in conjunction with scientists at the University of Edinburgh.

James Foley writes in Nature World News:

New research suggests that domesticated mice have a preference for clean eating and sleeping environments that their wild counterparts cannot afford, a find that may lead to a better understanding of how disease spreads among animals.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Edinburgh found that wild mice prefer to eat and sleep near used nesting material and droppings left by other mice.

Domestically reared mice are more picky, tending to develop an aversion to dirt. The researchers suggest that regular and reliable access to food and a lack of predators leads pets and domestic animals to be more choosy about where to eat and sleep.

Read Foley’s entire piece here. 

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