Animus Revertendi Law and Legal Definition

Animus revertendi is a Latin term that means "with the intention to return." It applies primarily to refer to an animal under another's care. The term originated from the rights of livestock holders that had free ranging animals. Under the concept of animus revertendi, any animal that strayed away from the owner's property onto public land cannot be killed and taken without any compensation to the original caretaker.

Without prior knowledge of ownership, the factors below may be used to determine if a reasonable person would have believed animus revertendi existed.

*Species - is an animal that is typically domesticated *Location - out of natural habitat *Identifying Marks - ex. nametag, branding etc.