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Swimming Pool Saviors

Those of you who have pools are familiar with the sensation—that feeling of dread tinged with guilt when you find another dead critter in the water. When my parents retired, they bought a house with a pool (it’s a grandkid magnet!), and they mentioned to me that they sometimes found dead mice and salamanders in the morning.

I bought them a Frog Saver Lily Pad to help them give these little ones a chance at survival. Two other lifesaving options are the Froglog “Little Critter Pool Sitter” and the Critter Guard. These items make great housewarming or hospitality gifts for when you visit people with swimming pools. If you have a community pool, see if you can arrange for some of these things to be put out each night.

Swimming in a chilly pool with no means of escape is very stressful for mice, as animal experimenters know very well—the “forced swim test” is a standard (and unconscionable!) means of inducing stress in mice in labs. Another name for the “forced swim test” is the “behavioral despair” test. Could that be any more disturbing?

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