Behavioural and cardiac responses towards conspecific distress calls in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa).

@article{Duepjan2011BehaviouralAC,
  title={Behavioural and cardiac responses towards conspecific distress calls in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa).},
  author={Sandra Duepjan and Armin Tuchscherer and Jan Langbein and P Sch{\"o}n and Gerhard Manteuffel and Birger Puppe},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={103 5},
  pages={445-52}
}
In domestic pigs, vocalisation can be an indicator of distress and negative emotional states. It might play a role in the transfer of emotion between individuals ('emotional contagion' or 'empathy'), which could result in impaired animal welfare on a group level based on the distress in an individual member of the group. The aim of this study was to characterise the responses of pigs to conspecific distress calls. We performed a playback experiment in an open arena with 24 juvenile German… CONTINUE READING