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Aside from the repetitive appearance of the black cat, I can't remember seeing any living animals, either inside the Matrix simulation or in Zion.

How come? Is there an in-universe explanation?

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    Don't forget the crows that fly in front of Smith in Reloaded. In Zion it's no doubt because of massive die-offs from the war, in the Matrix we probably just never encountered any because they weren't relevant to the story. – Nerrolken Oct 29 '14 at 23:02
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    Can't get them to wear skintight leather suits and shades easily. – Oldcat Oct 29 '14 at 23:24
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    Most of the scenes take place in densely populated urban areas, which aren't exactly known for their large numbers of bear, elk, or bison. We do see small pets and birds, both of which are common in urban environments. I wouldn't expect to see anything much larger than a dog in most cities. – PopularIsn'tRight Oct 30 '14 at 3:43
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    Unless an animal is important to the story, movie makers are going to try very hard to leave it out. "Animal actors" are often expensive and frustrating, more so as more specific actions are required of them. Remember, we also don't see anything but city in the Matrix; that doesn't mean there is no "countryside", just that it wasn't relevant to this story. – keshlam Oct 30 '14 at 5:33
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    @SaturnsEye: Erm.. read the first eight words of the question? – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 30 '14 at 15:40
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There are plenty of animals in the Matrix and several seen in the real world (see below) however the word of god answer is that none of the animals seen inside the Matrix are real:

TheTrinityACMXCL: What about the animals in the Matrix? Are they real animals or just computer-generated images?

Wachowski Bros: Sadly, they are all computer generated images.

This was backed up by Phil Osterhoose (Assistant to the Wachowskis) in The Art of the Matrix

A lot of people have asked if the animals in the Matrix are also hooked up in pods. Unfortunately, they are not. They're all computer-generated images."
Phil Osterhoose (Assistant to the Wachowski Brothers) - The Art of the Matrix


Matrix Films

In addition to the "Woah, deja-vu!" cat seen in the first Matrix film we also see a large number of crows in The Matrix Reloaded.

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As well as a dozen or so live fish.

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Animatrix

'Kid's Story' features some more crows and an (unnamed) cat.

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There's a dog in World Record.

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There are also doves seen in the Animatrix story "Beyond" as well as another dog, some butterflies, a considerable number of rats and two cats; Yuki and another unnamed.

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"A Detective Story" contains another cat (named Dinah).

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The Animatrix story "Matriculated" contains what appears to be a cybernetically enhanced monkey named Baby. This is especially noteworthy because the story takes place outside the Matrix, providing evidence of the survival of higher mammals.

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Matrix Comics

In the Matrix comic "Broadcast Depth", one of the characters encounters an octopus eating a crab as well as a large school of fish.

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The central character of the Matrix comic "Butterfly" is arguably the titular butterfly.

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"Deja Vu" mentions an (unseen by us) infestation of ladybugs and we also see an American Robin.

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"Let It All Fall Down" features a woodland scene sporting an eagle.

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"Run, Saga, Run" features a white rat.

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"Sweating the Small Stuff" includes a cat and a spider.

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"The Miller's Tale" is again notable because we see wildlife surviving outside of the Matrix.

This includes small mammals, ducks, frogs, insects, arachnids and slugs.

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and from A Sword of a Different Color, we see someone eating what appears to be uncooked rat.

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The original concept art by Geoff Darrow contains a hungry mouse.

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And of course, who could forget that Cypher is eating what appears to be a large chunk of dead cow?

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    I think he's eating oatmel. How would he know the difference? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Oct 29 '14 at 23:54
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    +1 for bringing The Animatrix into the discussion. It frequently gets missed out when answering relevant questions yet contains a large chunk of back story. – Ian Lewis Oct 30 '14 at 11:34
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    @ianlewis - And according to the Wachowski's is a fully canon extension of the films. – Valorum Oct 30 '14 at 11:35
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    @Richard And mightily entertaining too! – Ian Lewis Oct 30 '14 at 13:57
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    @DVK Oatmeal is PEOPLE! – BrianH Oct 30 '14 at 15:15

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