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  1. The sound of a wild snail eating (excerpts)

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    Contributor(s):: Elisabeth Tova Bailey

    Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. She discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this...

  2. A comparison of the feeding behavior and the human-animal relationship in owners of normal and obese dogs

    Contributor(s):: Kienzle, E., Bergler, R., Mandernach, A.

  3. A note on changes in ingestive behaviour of sheep following shearing

    Contributor(s):: Arnold, G. W.

    The grazing behaviour and herbage intake of sheep grazing at 4 stocking rates were recorded before and after shearing in winter. Following shearing, grazing time was reduced but intake of OM/h increased at all stocking rates even though the amount of feed available was very low at the highest...

  4. Factors influencing the grazing behaviour of sheep in a Mediterranean climate

    Contributor(s):: Dudzinski, M. L., Arnold, G. W.

    3 studies were made on the effect of climatic conditions on diurnal grazing patterns and total grazing time for sheep grazing dry pastures in summer in Mediterranean environments in Australia. With Border Leicester X Merino sheep the times of starting and ending morning and afternoon grazing...

  5. Effect of feed and environmental enrichment on development of stereotypic wire-gnawing in laboratory mice

    Contributor(s):: Wurbel, H., Chapman, R., Rutland, C.

    At 21 days of age, 16 pairs of male ICR laboratory mice were weaned and allocated to 4 treatment groups in a 2 x 2 factorial design matched for genetic background (litter) and body weight. Factor one was the hardness of feed pellets with a significant 2.5-fold difference between soft and hard...

  6. Grazing distribution of sheep and kangaroos in a semi-arid woodland

    Contributor(s):: Terpstra, J. W., Wilson, A. D.

    The grazing distribution of sheep and kangaroos was studied within a semi-arid mulga [Acacia aneura] woodland in the rangelands of Australia. Observations were made on 3 occasions over 6 months on 6 plots of a grazing trial. Three of the plots were grazed by sheep and kangaroos, and 3 by sheep...

  7. Implications of food patch distribution on social foraging in domestic pigs ( Sus scrofa )

    | Contributor(s):: Thomsen, L. R., Nielsen, B. L., Larsen, O. N.

    Feeding behaviour of social animals can be influenced by the spatial distribution of resources. In domestic housing facilities growing pigs will often be fed from feeding sites confined to a small area, i.e. effectively a clumping of food resources. In the present experiment we investigated how...

  8. Interactions between humans and capuchin monkeys ( Cebus libidinosus ) in the Parque Nacional de Brasilia, Brazil

    | Contributor(s):: Sabbatini, G., Stammati, M., Tavares, M. C. H., Giuliani, M. V., Visalberghi, E.

    The Parque Nacional de Brasilia, in Brazil, is visited daily by hundreds of people, because of its relative proximity to the city of Brasilia and the presence of natural swimming pools, trials and picnic areas. Capuchin monkeys habitually feed on the food that visitors give them, take food from...

  9. Radio frequency technology to measure feeding behavior and health of feedlot steers

    | Contributor(s):: Sowell, B. F., Bowman, J. G. P., Branine, M. E., Hubbert, M. E.

    Radio frequency (RF) technology was used to collect information on the feeding patterns of 108 steers (average weight 139 kg) for 32 days after entering the feedlot. Each steer was equipped with an RF tag, and its presence at the feedbunk was recorded continuously throughout the entire period....

  10. Cross-suckling and associated behaviour in piglets and sows

    | Contributor(s):: Olsen, A. N. W., Dybkjaer, L., Vestergaard, K. S.

    Factors that cause piglets to cross-suckle and the behaviour associated with cross-suckling were investigated by observing the nursing and suckling behaviour of sows and piglets in a farrowing pen 4 to 7 days after farrowing and in pens for group housed lactating sows from day 5 to 14 after...

  11. Diet learning by domestic ruminants: theory, evidence and practical implications

    | Contributor(s):: Provenza, F. D., Balph, D. F.

    Learning early in life may play an important role in the development of dietary habits and foraging skills of domestic ruminants. This review explores the theoretical and empirical bases of early dietary learning and examines constraints on such learning. Additionally, implications of diet...

  12. Feral pigs in Hawai'i: using behavior and ecology to refine control techniques

    | Contributor(s):: Nogueira, S. S. da C., Nogueira Filho, S. L. G., Bassford, M., Silvius, K., Fragoso, J. M. V.

    Early Polynesians settlers were the first to introduce pigs to the Hawaiian Islands. Later Captain Cook brought European pigs during his first voyage to Hawai'i. Many other importations have followed. Animals from these introductions became feral and dispersed throughout the islands....

  13. Maintenance behaviour of Murrah buffalo under an intensive management system

    | Contributor(s):: Odyuo, L. T., Jana, D. N., Das, N.

    Maintenance activities of 15 lactating and 15 non-lactating Murrah buffaloes reared under an intensive management system with loose housing were recorded at 1-min intervals for 24 consecutive hours on 7 occasions. Time spent eating, ruminating, idling, walking and sleeping was 272, 445, 563, 52...

  14. Quantifying behavioural priorities - effects of time constraints on behaviour of dairy cows, Bos taurus

    | Contributor(s):: Munksgaard, L., Jensen, M. B., Pedersen, L. J., Hansen, S. W., Matthews, L.

    In order to quantify the relative priorities between lying, eating and social behaviour of dairy cows in different stages of lactation, responses to time constraints were investigated in two experiments. In experiment one, 48 dairy cows, half in early and half in late lactation, had free access...

  15. Free-ranging angora goats: left- or right-handed tendencies while grazing?

    | Contributor(s):: Ganskopp, D.

    Knowledge of an animal's tendencies, including their directional bias, can help with the design of handling facilities and enhance understanding of livestock and livestock:environment interactions. Free-ranging angora goats (Capra hircus) were monitored for left- or right-hand tendencies when...

  16. Feeding behaviour and diet selection of finishing Limousin bulls under intensive rearing system

    | Contributor(s):: Cozzi, G., Gottardo, F.

    Twenty Limousin finishing bulls (initial body weight=425.9+or-22.0 kg) were assigned to four balanced groups reared in separate pens with a space allowance of 3.6 m2 per head and a manger space of 95 cm per head. The finishing period lasted 138 days during which the animals received the same diet...

  17. Foal behaviour in a loose housing/paddock environment during winter

    | Contributor(s):: Autio, E., Heiskanen, M. L.

    The aim of this study was to establish some basic facts about weanling horse (Equus caballus) behaviour in a loose housing/paddock environment during winter. The behaviour of 10 foals (seven American Standardbred and three Finnish cold-blooded foals) was observed in a cold loose housing/paddock...

  18. Spatial-temporal arrangements of supplementation to modify selection of feeding sites by sheep

    | Contributor(s):: Distel, R. A., Soca, P. M., Demment, M. W., Laca, E. A.

    Undesirable grazing distribution results in land degradation and inefficient forage utilization. Rewards like food supplements have been commonly provided at predictable times and locations in the less preferred areas in order to improve grazing distribution. The problem with this approach is the...

  19. The influence of peers, lineage and environment on food selection of the criollo goat ( Capra hircus )

    | Contributor(s):: Biquand, S., Biquand-Guyot, V.

    The food selection of 56 criollo goats grazing the same pastures was compared with the previous history of each individual and with lineage relationship inside the flock. The observations were carried out on natural tropical savannas of Martinique (French West Indies), characterized by high plant...

  20. Effects of a 15h journey followed by either 12h starvation or ad libitum hay on the behaviour and blood chemistry of sheep

    | Contributor(s):: Cockram, M. S., Kent, J. E., Waran, N. K., McGilp, I. M., Jackson, R. E., Amory, J. R., Southall, E. L., O'Riordan, T., McConnell, T. I., Wilkins, B. S.

    In a 2x2 factorial design, 6 sheep were either transported by road for 15 h or kept in their home pens, and then either starved for 12 h with access to water or offered hay ad libitum with access to water. All groups were offered hay and water 12 h after transport. Behavioural observations and...