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Some zoos and aquariums try to create habitats that mimic animals homelands. But the animals lives can be very different from those in their natural environment.
Here are the 11 basic signs that an animal is trying to cope with mental illness. Can you spot any at the zoo?
BAR BITING (BITING BARS OF THE CAGE)
LICKING (REPEATED LICKING OF BARS\WALLS
PACING (CONTINOUS PACING BACK AND FORTH OR FROM SIDE TO SIDE)
NECK TWISTING (UNATURAL TWISTING AND ROLLING OF NECK)
VOMITING (AND EATING VOMIT- TYPE OF BULLIMIA)
CIRCLING (WALKING AROUND AND AROUND AND PLACING FOOTSTEPS IN SAME POSITION )
COPROPHAGIA (PLAYING WITH AND EATING EXCREMENT)
HEAD -BOBBING (HEAD BOBS UP AND DOWN , AGAIN AND AGAIN)
SWAYING (ROLLING AND SWAYING MOTION FROM SIDE TO SIDE)
OVERGROOMING (GROOMING TO EXCESS, INCLUDING "HAIR PLUCKING)
SELF MULITATION (REPEATED TAIL-BITING, LEG-CHEWING, HEAD BASHING)
ZOOCHOSIS is what behaviorist call mental illness caused by the stress of captivity.
SOME BASIC CAUSES OF ZOOCHOSIS
LOSS OF CONTROL OVER ONE's LIFE
LOSS OF NORMAL SOCIAL GROUP
LOSS OF HOME OR "NATURAL HABITAT"
CONFINEMENT (CAGED ANIMALS EXIST IN TOTALLY ALIEN ENVIORNMENT WITH ARTIFICIAL LIGHTNING AND DIET , UNUSUAL NOISES, STRANGE COLORS, UNNATURAL PROXIMITY OF ALIEN SPECIES AND HUMAN VISITORS.)
If you notice any of the above signs then please feel free to contact us at our Delhi Office