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It's alive! Well, not quite. This is a robot that mimics squirrels to test snake responses to them.

Robbosquirrel, the robotic squirrel.

A robotic squirrel is shown with remote control equipment used to direct the squirrel's tail signals in controlled experiments with live rattlesnakes. Such experiments would be impossible to conduct with live squirrels, whose behavior can't be manipulated in controlled studies.

Credit: Sanjay Joshi, UC - Davis

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