Adapting to temperature variation was only the first of many adjustments the animals had to make as they took baby steps into normal life.
The first time they saw actual sunlight was a stunning moment to many of them. And most were tentative about walking on grass, having never stepped on anything like that before. And the people with outstretched arms? Very strange. After all those months of regimentation, this attention and stimulation and all the odd new sensations were obviously jarring.
But beagles being beagles (and that's why they're favored for research — they're generally cheerful, easy to manage and adaptable), most moved quickly from their shell-shocked state to enthusiasm for the possibilities, Gonce says.
Picture credit: Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society
Thank God for Best Friends Animal Society, which comes to the rescue of many dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small.
Here's a link to their latest post about the beagles and how they are adapting: