Do Animals have feelings?

animal_odd_couplesAre animals capable of feeling complex emotions? Recent observations of unexpected cross-species relationships in zoos and animal sanctuaries around the world may provide some answers.

Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate mother; a juvenile gibbon choosing to live with a family of capuchins, and so on.  The subject has mystified western scientists for years.

It’s widely accepted that many nonhuman animals  are conscious beings who display and feel a wide array of emotions including joy, happiness, pleasure, love, empathy, compassion, and sadness and profound grief. Among mammals this isn’t at all surprising because all mammals, including humans, share the same structures and neurochemicals in the limbic system that are important in processing and expressing what they’re feeling.

AnimalOddCouples-10Slowly but surely we’re hearing about more and more observations of strong emotional attachments that cross species lines. These friendships, unlikely friendships in a good number of cases, show that emotions including joy, love, empathy, compassion, kindness, and grief can readily be shared by improbable friends including predators and prey such as a cat and a bird, a snake and a hamster, and a lioness and a baby oryx. And, of course, the best examples of emotions being shared between different species are those close and enduring relationships we humans form with the companion animals with whom we share our homes and with those non humans with whom we work closely to rehabilitate when they’re in need.

Chimpanzees munch on leek at Tokyo's Tam

After you watch this video, take a look at some of the Papyrus paintings of the Kemetic People in africa, that are over 3000 yrs old.

Did they already know this sacred wisdom about animals? You be the judge.

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