Behavior observation, whether of humans or other animals, can tell us much about the animal being observed--if we know what we are looking at and how to interpret it. By recognizing what are the normal behaviors of a healthy wild and captive animal and being observant of any changes in behavior, we can often head off social, environmental, and health problems before they become advanced enough to require serious--and often expensive--intervention.
Ethology is the systematic study of animal behavior. It is used to figure out why animals do what they do. In the case of environmental and social stress, it can also be used to figure out what is wrong and give us clues as to what needs to be changed to alleviate the stress.
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