It was their first time feeling the sunshine, running in the grass and even being outside of a lab.
Video of nine rescued beagles playing outside for the first time ever after a life of being poked and prodded in a laboratory has touched the hearts of millions of people across the web.
The Beagle Freedom Project rescued the "Lucky 9" on May 5 from a lab in Nevada, and then brought them to a sunny and spacious backyard in Las Vegas where they were able to feel the grass beneath their paws for the first time.
The 3-year-old dogs were all bred for animal research, so a few of the pups met the new experience with some anxiety and even reverted to huddling in a crate. After awhile, though, the dogs warm up and embrace the new-found freedom.
Because of their docile and forgiving nature, beagles are often used for laboratory research and then euthanized once the tests are done, according to the Beagle Freedom Project.
Credits: Orlandosentinel
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