Chickens feel empathy for each other. Researchers proved that domesticated hens show a clear physiological and behavioural response when their chicks are mildly distressed.
Domesticated animals are those that have evolved to live alongside humans. It is a genetic change that occurs over generations, often as a result of humans selectively breeding the animals for specific physical or behavioural traits.
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Cows like to sleep close to their families, and sleeping arrangements are determined by individuals’ rank in the social hierarchy.
Mother and kid goats recognise each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth.
Guinea pigs, or cavies as they are also known, have been kept in households as companion animals since being introduced by European traders in the 16th century.
Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.
Pigs constantly communicate with each other. They have a range of different oinks, grunts and squeals which have distinct meanings.
Ponies are very strong and despite their smaller size, they are actually stronger than a standard sized horse when compared pound to pound!