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Why do my animals keep despawning?
I went to chop down some trees and organise my storage system. When I returned to see my animals, they were mostly gone. I don't know about Villagers if this was the same or if a Zombie horde attacked them. It may be my low-end tablet (I'm on Pocket Edition). My render distance is 4 chunks.

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    What mobs are your animals? As far as I know, only hostile (enemy) mobs can despawn. If your animals are gone, they either moved away or somehow got killed.
    – Quijibo
    Apr 26 '19 at 9:28
  • You can uses name tag to stop them from despawning Oct 5 '19 at 5:41
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Most mobs will despawn unless any of the following are true:

  • Cannot Move 20 blocks in any direction
  • Are named with a name tag
  • Are saddled/tamed
  • Are on a lead connected to a fence
  • Are a special mob (i.e. Iron Golem, Wither, etc.)
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Animals can't despwan if they are unable to move 20 blocks in any direction so it might be that they have too much space and are despawning because of it.

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