8 Science Experiments That Clothed Animals


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Animals typically only wear clothing to amuse their human masters -- and yes I mean "masters" not "companions," "guardians" or "parents." For to clothe an animal is to bend the creature to our anthropomorphic will. Trust me, your cat does not want to go trick-or-treating and dogs will not play poker.

Still, occasionally science finds a reason to dress an animal in something resembling human clothing. Or sure, it's generally a matter of containing the creature's senses or functions, but let's not kid ourselves about the results.

So here are eight examples of animals wearing "clothes" in scientific experiments. I'm skipping the various examples of animal-tracking backpacks, because you didn't come here to read about that. You want frog pants, and I intend to give them to you.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.