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4 Animals Who Mourn Their Dead

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Zoologists have recorded three instances of giraffes, the world’s tallest animals, mourning their dead.

In 2010 in the Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya, a female giraffe was seen spending four days beside the body of her one-month-old calf. Seventeen other female giraffes also surrounded the body over the four days.

In 2011, a female giraffe in Zambia was seen spending two hours beside a calf who was apparently a stillborn. She splayed her legs to bend down — something giraffes rarely do, except to eat or drink — and licked the calf for several hours. This behavior was repeated for the entire two hours and was all the more notable as giraffes rarely spend time alone.

Also in 2011, a herd of giraffes in Namibia was seen investigating the corpse of a young female giraffe who had died three weeks before. Some of the male giraffes splayed their legs and sniffed the ground.

Scientists are wary of saying that some mammals have a concept of death, while noting that more species than had been thought react when one of their own dies.

But why wouldn’t animals have some response when one of their own dies? Do you think animals conceptualize death?


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7:07AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

5:17PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

intriguing. at least animals dont seem to turn to delusion

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2:32PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Many types of birds mourn their dead not just western jays. The great apes mourn their dead and many mammals of all kinds mourn their dead. Life of every kind where ever it exists has mourned their dead and are very much self aware. The only problem is humans underestimating the intelligence of life forms different from themselves and humans thinking and believing their superiority over all other life forms on this planet and elsewhere. Humans claim to fame is being the deadliest predator on the planet and to the planet.

11:22AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

I stopped when I saw 4 pages.

10:06AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

I have watch shows with some animals that mourn the death of theirs it is heart wrenching.

6:26PM PST on Dec 19, 2013

I saw some Indian mynah birds in the middle of a road freaked out by one of their flock being killed. They were all hanging around, in danger of being hit themselves, and obviously very upset. Even though they are an introduced species, and an absolute menace in Australia, it was very distressing to see. One bird was in the middle of the road, absolutely immobile, rigid, staring at the sky - there was traffic everywhere and it was dangerous to go out and take it off the road - and just as I was about to, some PIG of a woman deliberately ran it down. I was so angry - she couldn't have seen from where she was travelling that it was a mynah bird - it could have been a native bird - and I was going to go and haul the bi**h out of her rotten car but the lights changed and she escaped my wrath.

6:35AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

I have seen dogs mourn their companions and mates

5:36AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Inspiring TY

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