Título: Elevated plus-maze test in handled rabbits at nursing period
The temperament in animals is a set of behaviors expressed in relation to human handling. The use of positive stimulation can affect the animals cognition, learning, and behavior. This study aimed to compare stimulated and unstimulated rabbits at different ages and its effects on temperament using the elevated plus-maze test. The animals were divided into five treatments (tactile stimulation of the first at 30 days, the first at 10 days, from 10 to 20 days, from 20 to 30 days and unstimulated). The test was performed at 30, 45, 60 and 75 days of age. The stimulated rabbits showed high latency in the open arms, low latency for first entry into the open arm and high behavior frequency while the unstimulated rabbits showed the inverse. By the elevated plus-maze test, customarily used for rats, it was possible to have a better evaluation between stimulated and unstimulated rabbits showing that tactile stimulation during lactation has positive effects and persist throughout the growth of the rabbits.
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Palavras-chave:: elevated plus-maze, tactile stimulation, kits, rabbit production