To Come To The Rescue Or Not? Rats, Like People, Take Cues From Bystanders

Faced with a rat trapped in a restrainer, a free rat opens the trap

Experiments in people have long shown that the presence of indifferent bystanders hurts the chances that someone will help a stranger in an emergency. Rats, it turns out, behave the same way.

(Image credit: David Christopher/University of Chicago)

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