Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  Mice panic just like people
Updated 23 September 2003, 11.37

Mice panic in the same way as humans, scientists revealed on Tuesday.

Researchers in the Philippines did an experiment where a group of mice had to escape from a pool of water to a dry platform.

The squeakers had to get through different numbers of doors of different sizes, and they did it exactly like a crowd of people would if they were escaping a fire.


Sometimes they went in queues, sometimes in bursts, and sometimes they grouped round the doors in arches, which is just what people do.

Mouse model!

Scientists have used maths to predict how people behave in disasters before, but this is the first time a "living mouse model" has been used.

This research can be used to help save people's lives by helping get people out of dangerous situations more quickly.

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear storyHear story
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
ChatChat about animals

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Mickey sees work start on Disneyland China
700-year-old painting looks like Mickey Mouse
Mouse from Italy ready to challenge Potter
Computer mice may have squeaked their last

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full Animals Section
Also in Animals now:
Hope for new home for Swiss bears
Europe's birdlife 'under threat'
Proud pooch moves to White House
A tasty feast for Halloween!
Get your claws into top read Lion Boy
Vote: Should you keep fish as pets?
A rare white-phase black bear Try our great bear quiz!
Guide to endangered animals The lowdown on endangered animals
Vote: should whaling be banned?
Animals Get wild and chat about animals!
Poacher patrol Poacher patrol: Can you save the animals?
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club