Now, in Season One I think they showed some starving dogs scavenging for food.
On the farm (Season 2) there were no dogs or cats. Herchel had horses and chickens (some chickens which were fed to the zombies in the barn.)
Season 3, we've seen an owl and a possum. It appears the cats & dogs were the first to go. I agree that Carl needs a dog...something he can get unconditional love from. I don't recall if there were mice or rats at the prison yet.
Edited by: ALOHACYL at: 11/13/2012 (18:02)
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Uncanny, my boyfriend and I were just discussing the lack of domestic animals during this past week's episode. We figured that, at least in Woodbury, there should be a few! While I'm sure that many domestic animals would have ended up as meals when people faced starvation, I can't help, but assume most just beat a hasty trail the hell away from populated centres when they realized something was amiss.
I think they simply have all been eaten. Either by zombies or starving people. Tho as the natural state of the world begins to grow back, there would be more hiding places for deer and the like. But I get the point tho that you would think somewhere a few of these pockets of people would have a cow or something stashed away.
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I agree with SF: animals are very perceptive and sensitive to "disturbances in the force." The ones who didn't have the sense to stay away and keep quiet probably already did get eaten, either by humans or walkers. My dog (a Rhodesian/pit/lab mix) howls like crazy whenever someone passes by the house, never mind comes to the door. Pets like this would be a liability for someone trying to hide from zombies, and even the quiet ones would be a strain on already scarce resources. Some captive ones likely died of starvation/dehydration after their owners were killed or turned.
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Not sure how this bears up later in the series, but in the first few episodes a zombie horde takes down the horse that Rick rode into town. Also, as the group approaches the CDC I noticed a lot of flies. But, I do agree it would be surprising if there's a noticeable dearth of our familiar critters. Perhaps those cagey cats and cunning canines realized early on that where there's living humans, there's noise and frackas, and that only serves to attract the undead. Maybe they're just steering clear of trouble!
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