September 5, 2009

Can animals have feelings and be sad

While some scientists’ research does not support that idea that animals can be sad, many scientists have other research which shows they can! Studies have found that animals such as chimpanzees will show sad behaviors (like not playing or sitting apart from their group) when another animal passes away. Animals are also often known to make excited sounds when seeing a friend, which supports the idea that they’re also able to be happy!

“Do animals have emotions?” The simple answer is, “Of course they do.” Just look at them, listen to them, and, if you dare, smell the odours they emit when they interact with friends and foes. Look at their faces, tails, bodies and, most importantly, their eyes. What we see on the outside tells us a lot about what’s happening inside animals’ heads and hearts.

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