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Shelter choice by Syrian hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus ) in the laboratory

  title={Shelter choice by Syrian hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus ) in the laboratory},
  author={M{\'e}lisa Veillette and St{\'e}phan G. Reebs},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
The preference of Syrian hamsters ( Mesocricetus auratus ) for different in-cage shelters was tested. First, 15 males and 15 females were made to choose between a cage with a shelter and one without. Different shelters were tested consecutively: short (10-cm) or medium (15-cm) pipes made of black acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), 7.6 cm in diameter and open at both ends; and short or medium boxes made of black acrylic panels and open at only one end. The strongest use of the shelter cage… 

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