Ancient Egyptian Animals
In modern times, the role of animals is mostly as companionship, food, and occasionally entertainment. Animals in ancient Egypt were not seen as simple as we may see them now. Their belief system often deified various animals, or at the very least connected them to the gods and goddesses that they worshipped.
Birds of all sorts were special to the Egyptians, and very commonly associated with gods and goddesses:
Fish in ancient Egypt were both sacred and, on occasion, considered relatively worthless to anyone but the poorest of the poor.
Cattle were special to the Egyptians: cows were often raised and slaughtered in the name of sacrificial offerings. Other ancient Egyptian animals such as pigs, goats, and sheep were used for food and clothing.
Horses were not a common fixture in Egyptian life until the New Kingdom , despite the belief that they were introduced to Egyptians with the invasion of the Hyksos. Donkeys however were much more common and were used in processions, hunting and even pulled chariots during war. Horses were rare and much more expensive and were therefore a status symbol and where often used as gifts from a pharaoh to another ruler.
Ancient Egyptians also had pets, much like we do now:
Due to geographical conditions in ancient Egypt , the wildlife surrounding the area was immense, and often dangerous. The Nile was full of crocodiles, the sand contained scorpions, and it was common to see lions and jackals running about.