Some animals live longer in the wild. For example, elephants in zoos have much shorter life spans than elephants in the wild. Wild elephants can live up to two times as long, or longer depending on the species, as elephants in captivity. However, domestic animals, like cows or dogs, probably would not be able to survive in the wild for long.
As a rule, they life shorter lives in the wild. It’s true that in some cases when we don’t know how to properly care of animals, they may die more quickly. But by and large, wild animals die from predation or exposure or starvation long before they reach their maximum age. I wrote an entire story about this for Northern Woodlands magazine, and you can read it in the citation.
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