Duke University discovers mice sing to attract mates

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DURHAM, NC - Love songs aren't just for the birds anymore. Many men also attract potential sweethearts, by serenading them. Now science is finding out "mice" sing their own little ditties to find a date.

According to research done by Duke University, male mice break out into song when they want to seduce a partner. But we're not talking in some deep baritone, Barry White-type voice. The mousey music mice make is much too high-pitched for us humans to hear. Only when their love song is lowered, can we really admire the mouse aria.

The sounds are mostly all squeaks and squeals, but by studying the way the mouse "sounds" are strung together, scientists found their songs are louder and far more complex when the male is "looking" for love. Once the mouse finds his mate, his song turns softer and simpler.

In other words (when it comes to male mice) it's all about the chase! The mouse sings a wonderfully complicated song in the beginning, in order to woo his woman. But once he gets his girl, Mr. Mouse does the very minimum to keep her interested. Sweep them off their feet, and then just string them along. Sounds like mice and some men have a lot in common.

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