Marc Bekoff claims that “When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled.
Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.”
The following animals mentioned below show how they can effectively display human feelings.
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Elephants mourn when they lose a beloved member. It is spectacular to see how they bury the body with grass and leaves and keep a watch over the corpse for a week.
Just like human beings visit the tombs of their lost loved ones, elephants too visit the bones of dead elephants for several years.
Dolphins are very well-known for their reciprocity. They demonstrate much love to other species. Kindness is very much apparent when dolphins rescue swimmers from sharks.
It has been witnessed too that many a time they have directed lost whales back to sea. They are very fond of having their nose scratched by humans. Just like dogs, they also share a very special trait – that of loyalty.
Surprisingly, bluebirds are types of birds which feel jealous of their partner. Their nature is such that while the male bluebirds are out for hunting as they are supposedly the ‘breadwinners’ , their female birds may step out with another male.
A 1975 study has found that when they return, out of jealousy, they are beaten by their deceived male birds. The latter rip out their feathers and snap their beaks.
Highly underestimated because they scamper in sludge, rats have been discovered to develop compassion for each other. A 2006 study shares the same view that rats have feelings as they would grimace when their friends were in agony.
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The above information supports the 16th-century scientists who came upon the realization that animals have rich emotional lives and a primary sense of right and wrong. Loretto Jones too advocates that “Unlike a child that can respond verbally to let you know how he feels, animals cannot talk” but they have emotions.