Animals in GTA V
| This article concerns a future game that is unreleased.
Some details may be speculative, and may not turn out to be correct.
Animals have been rumoured to appear in several Grand Theft Auto games, although most of these are generally believed to be created using unofficial modifications. Rockstar have, however, confirmed that animals, including wildlife, will appear for the first time in Grand Theft Auto V, including dogs who will guard restricted areas and will alert enemies of the player's presence, and sharks while exploring the ocean. Around Mount Chiliad and other countryside areas, there will likely be scores of birds and deer, and possibly bears. In previous GTA games animals were present but only as sea creatures or collectables.
Rockstar has stated in the past that they do not like the idea have having children or small animals in their games, possibly due to the controversy that could be caused by making them killable - Although dogs were present and killable in Red Dead Redemption, another game by Rockstar. They have since stated that without wildlife in GTA V's world, it would feel "too hollow", especially due to the large amount of countryside.
GTA III Era
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City featured sharks as non-solid, non-interactive objects in the water. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was originally set to have land animals, but were removed later on in development. It's possible that Rockstar could not properly program animal A.I., which they would later do in Red Dead Redemption. The game did include sea creatures, however, with dolphins, turtles, fish and jellyfish present in the water. These animals are also non-interactive.
GTA IV Era
Grand Theft Auto IV featured 200 pigeons hidden around Liberty City as collectables. In game they are referred to as "flying rats". Killing all 200 flying rats adds 2.5% to the game completed percentage and also unlocks an Annihilator helicopter on a helipad near Star Junction in Algonquin.
In the episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the flying rats had been replaced with 50 seagulls in each game. In TLAD collecting all seagulls will reward you an Innovation outside your second safe house. In TBoGT the reward for collecting all of the seagulls is an APC at Yusuf Amir's construction site.
In all three games these animals are only collectables and do not exhibit animal behaviour.
GTA V Era
Dogs will likely be the most common, as well as the most utilized, animals in GTA V. Franklin, one of the protagonists of the game, owns a rottweiler named Chop, and based on the second trailer, Chop appears to be a focal point of some missions.
While rumored to be in previous games, sharks are confirmed to be in GTA V. According to the private demo shown to the press, they are hostile in the game, capable of attacking and killing the player. Before attacking, they circle the player in groups, gradually getting closer (similar to real shark behavior), and appear as dots on the mini-map when they are in the vicinity.
The shadow of a moray eel can be seen in the upper left of a promotional gameplay screenshot showing a scuba diver exploring the ocean floor. Moray eels are known to bite if agitated, so this will be an added danger in the ocean in GTA V.
Hands-on previews confirmed the inclusion of deer, coyotes, bobcats and cougars in GTA V. Predatory animals will hunt other animals in the world, and most likely be a danger to the player as well.
Since GTA V has a large countryside, and the fact that Red Dead Redemption featured many animals, it's possible that we may see many of Red Dead Redemption's animals, and perhaps some new ones. Animals such as deer, black bears, beavers, ducks, and mountain lions are common throughout California and the Southwestern United States, so it is reasonable to think they may appear in the game.
Chop running from a drive-by shooter.
Chop climbing over the hood of a car.
Chop jumping off the hood of the same car.
Franklin and his dog Chop rolling past a liquor store.