Animals in Research

Shrew in a tube

Group: Rodents
Species: Japanese shrew
Research Areas: CSID/GSID/SI deficiency

This Japanese shrew lives in a large shoe box cage, with many tubes and nesting material for him to find shelter. He is completely blind, so gentle care is taken when handling him.  His short reproductive cycle helps researchers evaluate the effects of oral supplements in reversing sucrose deficiency over many generations. His small size is also beneficial because he requires a very small amount of the supplement.