Navigation Links
Rescue me: New study finds animals do recover from neglect
Date:4/23/2013

Animal sanctuaries can play an important role in rehabilitating goats and other animals that have suffered from neglect, according to scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.

In this first scientific study of rescued animals, the researchers examined moods in 18 goats, nine of which had endured poor welfare, such as inappropriate diet, and lack of space or shelter before arriving at a sanctuary. They created a spatial awareness test, which involved giving the animals an opportunity to look for food, to understand the link between poor welfare and the goats' mental health, by comparing the behaviour of the mistreated goats with that of the goats that had been generally well treated.

The scientists observed whether some goats were faster to explore specific areas that resulted in the reward of food and others that did not. They assessed how the goats judged previously unknown locations, described as ambiguous because they were situated between spaces known to contain food and areas without food.

"Mood can have a huge influence on how the brain processes information. In humans, for example, it's well known that people in positive moods have an optimistic outlook on life, which means they are more resilient to stress. In the same way, measures of optimism and pessimism can provide indicators for an understanding of animal welfare," explains co-author Dr Elodie Briefer from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

It was thought that the goats from the poor welfare group would be more 'pessimistic' and slower than the well-treated goats to explore ambiguous locations for food, where the promise of reward was not guaranteed. However, a surprising result of the study was that female goats that had been mistreated in the past were more optimistic than the other well-treated female goats.

Dr Briefer adds: "In this case, we found that female goats that had been previously neglected were the most optimistic of all the tested animals. They were more optimistic than well-treated females, but also the poorly treated males. This suggests that females may be better at recovering from neglect when released from stress, and might have implications for animal sanctuaries in how they tailor the care they provide for the different sexes."

Dr Alan McElligott, also from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, said: "The study shows that animal rescue centres, such as Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, where we collected our data, can provide a vital role in reversing long-term neglect once the animals receive excellent care."


'/>"/>

Contact: Neha Okhandiar
n.okhandiar@qmul.ac.uk
020-788-27927
Queen Mary, University of London
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. US, New Zealand search-and-rescue teams recalled from Antarctic plane crash site
2. Genome study suggests new strategies for understanding and treating pulmonary fibrosis
3. Hop, skip or jump? Study says no to all of the above
4. Federal Government Organization achieves cleaner and faster Clinical Study Data using Tablet PCs from TabletKiosk
5. Half of Tamiflu prescriptions went unused during 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, UK sewage study
6. CU-Boulder study looks at microbial differences between parents, kids and dogs
7. TGen-led study discovers dramatic changes in bacteria following male circumcision
8. Mount Sinai study identifies new gene variations associated with heart rate
9. Study proposes alternative way to explain lifes complexity
10. Exercise or make dinner? Study finds adults trade one healthy act for another
11. BUSM researchers identify novel approach to study COPD and treatment efficacy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... and ITHACA, N.Y. , June 23, ... University, a leader in dairy research, today announced a ... to help reduce the chances that the global milk ... of this dairy project, Cornell University has become the ... the Food Supply Chain, a food safety initiative that ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... PARIS , June 15, 2017  IBM (NYSE: IBM ... the international tech event dedicated to developing collaboration between startups ... on June 15-17. During the event, nine startups will ... deliver value in various industries. ... in the international market, with a 30 percent increase in ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and ... launched in Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots ... the USA . The technology was developed and patented ... the IIT spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment ... please click: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... According ... activated carbon (PAC)-based materials do not have negative short- or long-term effects on ... contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) located at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... ... Third Wave Bioactives, LLC announces the addition of Brett Thompson. Brett joins ... and ensuring quality customer experience. , Brett brings to Third Wave Bioactives ... and sales roles. “Brett’s background working with customers and eye for market opportunities make ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... solutions provider, announced the latest version of LimitLIS®, its rapidly growing Laboratory Information ... speed up user adoption, ensure installation integrity, and provide more customization options. Each ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 21, 2017 , ... ... for attracting and hiring top executive talent in the life sciences industry, today ... and Manufacturing company. The partnership takes full advantage of Beaker’s expertise in ...
Breaking Biology Technology: