The occurrence of abnormal behavior at the point of initial display may appropriately indicate that the animal is experiencing challenges within the environment. The behavioral phenotype is recognized as an easy and non-invasive method of determining the state of the animal, however there are a number of factors which call into question the use of the behavior as an indicator of the current welfare of the animal. A full appreciation of the normal behavioral repertoire of the individual animal under observation will assist with an interpretation of the behavior that is being displayed and which is considered ‘away from the norm’. Behaviors that are displayed over longer periods of time may no longer be representative of the environment that the animal is maintained in. In addition, the functionality of some abnormal behaviors should also be considered before attempts are made to address underlying causal factors, or indeed to prevent the behavior from occurring.
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2019|
|Name||Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior|
- abnormal (behavior), dysfunctional, environmental stressor, normal behavior, putative, stereotypy stereotypic behavior, stress, welfare, wellbeing