Guinea pigs help autistic kids

They can be kept as pets, eaten — even shot into space. Now researchers say guinea pigs can also help autistic children fit in at school.

A Brisbane study found that children with autism spectrum disorder displayed far more positive social behaviours when the animals were present in mainstream classrooms.

When playing with guinea pigs, the 33 children in the study were more likely to laugh, make eye contact and be approached by their peers, compared with when