Thursday, May 30, 2019

Science: The Emotional Lives of Animals

Among my many emotions are curiosity and RAGE at dumb humans with cameras.
Grief, Friendship, Gratitude, Wonder, and other things we Animals Experience
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Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours.

Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes.

Elephants, whales, hippos, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles.

And bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate.
When I get a moment alone, it's mammal time.
Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment.

It’s not surprising that animals -- especially, but not only, mammals -- share many emotions with us because we also share brain structures, located in the limbic system, that are the seat of our emotions.

In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Many animals display profound grief at the loss or absence of a relative or companion.

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Sea lion mothers wail when watching their babies being eaten by killer whales. People have reported dolphins struggling to save a dead calf by pushing its body to the surface of the water.

Chimpanzees and elephants grieve the loss of family and friends, and gorillas hold wakes for the dead.

I once happened upon what seemed to be a magpie funeral service. A magpie had been hit by a car. Four of his flock mates stood around him silently and pecked gently at his body. One, then another, flew off and brought back pine needles and twigs and laid them by his body. They all stood vigil for a time, nodded their heads, and flew off.

California mountain lions, pumas, will kill.
I also watched a red fox bury her mate after a cougar had killed him. She gently laid dirt and twigs over his body, stopped, looked to make sure he was all covered, patted down the dirt and twigs with her forepaws, stood silently for a moment, then trotted off, tail down and ears laid back against her head.

After publishing my stories I got emails from people all over the world who had seen similar behavior in various birds and mammals. More

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