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, 2019 at 9:28
  • You can uses name tag to stop them from despawning Oct 5, 2019 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.)

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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