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Behavioral responses of piglets to darkness and shadows

By H. Tanida, A. Miura, T. Tanaka, T. Yoshimoto

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Abstract

26 piglets aged 1 week were used to study the effects of dark and shadows on their behavioral responses. In the first test, piglets were held in an enclosure, then allowed access to a like-sized adjacent enclosure. The piglets significantly feared staying in dark. Provision of the light beam significantly enhanced the piglets' movement into a dark area. The spot light and painted black and white patterns on the floor had a tendency to frighten the piglets. It is suggested that piglets have a tendency to move towards a more brightly illuminated area and that they negatively respond to sharp contrast of black and white on the floor.

Date 1996
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 49
Issue 2
Pages 173-183
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Applied Biological Science, Hiroshima University, 1-4-4, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Asia
  3. Developed countries
  4. Fear
  5. Japan
  6. Light
  7. Lighting
  8. Mammals
  9. OECD countries
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. shade
  12. Swine
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