nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons

An overview of tameness/aggressiveness experiments
The next task was to measure tameness, for which they used the "glove test". Wearing two cotton gloves and a third made from chain mail, a researcher moves his or her hand slowly towards the rat, attempts to touch it and pick it up. "You can do anything with the tame rats," says Albert. "You can touch them, you can pick them up, you can move them around, you can move their arms and legs." The chain mail is there for the aggressive rats. "The moment you open the cage door some of them will come flying at the glove, bite it, latch on and scream," he says. "After testing you sometimes have bruises on your fingers."

The title of this post is also the title of a Cordwainer Smith story which includes minks bred for maddened aggressiveness-- which is broadcast telepathically as part of a security system.

Another part of the security system is a trip wire set off by a search which includes that misspelling-- a very modern detail.

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