BYU-Idaho Hosts Rat Olympics

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Updated: 12/14/2011 6:29 pm
In this Principles of Behavior class at Brigham Young University-Idaho students spend about two months training their rats.

Each partnership gets a rat and they have to teach them a trick.

"All you have to do is figure out what motivates them, and like for instance our rat is really motivated by Nilla Wafers. We just figured out that that's what he likes and as long as you're just consistent with rewarding them, it becomes pretty easy actually” said student Jacob Ballentine.

"These rats are smarter than what people give them credit for and they actually bond with you” said student Jack Parker.

These rats are delivered to the university when they're about a month and a half old.

Two months later, they're expected to perform their signature move.

"It feels like we're able to do something that at the beginning of the semester we didn't really think that the rat could do” continued Ballentine.

"We're very very proud of Sophie, this is our rat and we love her a lot she's kind of a big deal for us. We've been having her train and train and train running mazes; and so the mazes though, she's gotten really good at and they said that she's the fastest that they've ever seen” said student Rebecca David.

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