ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) – It took a mighty mouse effort to airlift some 7,000 stranded lab mice to West Coast research labs this week.

A truck hauling the mice for The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, had to pull over in Wyoming on Tuesday because of bad weather.

According to the Jackson Lab’s Kathy Vandegrift, the truck and its climate-controlled trailer were then diverted to the Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport. From there, the mice were flown to their final destinations in California, Washington and Canada, where they are used for medical research.

Vandegrift estimates the value of the mice shipment at between 100,000 and 250,000 dollars.

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