Last night was extremely cold. That meant that animals who would normally eat at night probably did not. As a result, we had nothing in our traps this morning. Nothing except a dead shrew that got caught in one of my traps. Shrews are not supposed to be in the traps, but sometimes they go in. The traps have a hole especially designed for shrews to escape, but the hole on this one trap had been taped over. When we discovered the shrew this morning, Christina, one of the scientists, was very upset. "It is my responsibility that this shrew died" she said. She has worked hard to design a trapping system that not only keeps the animals alive, but also comfortable and happy. I am impressed with her concern for the animals' experience. It helps me feel sure that I am participating in research that is not at the animals' expense.
Phew. I'm tired.