work animal

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
beast of burden, jument - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
draft animal - an animal used for pulling heavy loads
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So Billy was out, early and late, scouring the surrounding country for young work animals. In this way, at the start, he learned his valley thoroughly.
From 10am until 5pm, Coventry dog lovers are invited along to enjoy the event, which will shine a light on some of the great work animal charities and fundraising groups are doing in the region.
The elephant is the national animal of Thailand and was once widely used a work animal in the country's forests.
It is also a strong work animal used for preparing the rice fields for planting.
The raging flood carried away some of the residents' properties and work animals, Antonio added.
Ortillo told Manila Bulletin that the farm equipment, agricultural supplies, and work animals extended this year to her town greatly helped the farmers in modernizing their farming activities.
The story is amplified by additional realistic plot threads, including tensions over funding and resource allocation, Natalie's growing knowledge of elephant psychology and social behavior, her efforts to get the mahouts to handle the elephants without using hooked prodding poles, and the need to respect native Thais' financial reliance on elephants as work animals. Natalie's fragmented memories of her sons, too painful to be faced all at once, eventually coalesce to reveal her complete backstory.
Elephants do regularly make prominent trunk gestures, but it remains to be seen whether those motions act in elephant society as "points." The findings help to explain how it is that humans have been able to rely on wild-caught elephants as work animals, for logging, transport, or war, for thousands of years.
These animals are work animals and should be put into the fields to do their job, not give so-called thrill-seekers a delight on Blackpool or any other beach for that matter, and get covered in ice cream as no doubt that's what the fat kids will have in their hands while trying to ride these animals.
One reason you don't see more dairy in China, Cherry says, is because Chinese historically used cows as work animals, which means they couldn't be used for producing milk.