Abnormal behaviour patterns, from the familiar pacing of captive 'big cats' and bears to the nocturnal jumping and somersaulting of caged laboratory mice, are displayed by many millions of farm, zoo, research and companion animals. They typically indicate captive environments that compromise animal welfare, and they may even reflect specific forms of brain dysfunction. This website provides many images and videoclips of such behaviours, along with supplementary information on the book 'Stereotypic Animal Behaviour - Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare' (2nd edition, 2006, CABI, eds. Georgia Mason and Jeff Rushen).

  • For more information on the book, including a full contents page, chapter summaries in English and Spanish, and ordering information, click 'Exploring the Book' in the menu.

  • If you already own the book and wish to see the images of housing (etc.) referred to in Chapters 6, 7, 9 and 10, click on 'Supplementing the Book' in the menu.

  • For a library of images and video clips of stereotypic behaviour (e.g. in ungulates, captive wild carnivores, caged rodents, and pets), plus links to other websites on abnormal behaviour, click 'Video and Image Library' in the menu

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