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As Animal Technologists we are constantly looking at refining and enriching the environmental conditions of all our animals to give them both physical exercise and mental stimulation regardless of their size. However, animals can still experience stress when being moved from their home cage. The tunnelling and cupping methods have been widely advertised as positive alternatives for mouse handling but can be met with hesitation when used within higher containment levels. The following information describes how we implemented the tunnelling method within positive pressure isolators and what happened next.