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Emotions With A Nose: The Social Behavior Of Animals

Animals  (tags: dogs, animals, environment, social behavior, humans, environment )

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To anybody who spends a lot of time with animals, the march of science sometimes seems to lag common sense.

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Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:36 pm
Observe a feral colony of cats. Although all are hungry, when food is put down, the younger are given priority; there is no fighting over a food bowl. The older cats will eat when everyone else has eaten. This has always amazed me.

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Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:56 pm
Noted. Well, of course animals have emotions and care for others. Science just needs to accept this and catch up with the times. Thanks so much, Carrie.

Chris C (152)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 1:11 pm
Aanimals have sometimes unbelievable emotion and empathy!
Please watch this wonderful treat of a video of a dog's interaction with a Downs Syndrome child. It's magical!

Gene J (290)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 1:55 pm
"Even more remarkably, the animals’ altruism survived the addition of tasty chocolate chips into the experiment. Most often, “free rats” not only liberated their pals, but saved a treat or two for their buddy in the slammer.

Neurobiologist Peggy Mason told the Post that surprised her: “To actually share food—this is a big deal to a rat…I didn’t think they would do that.”

True to her discipline, Mason thinks that the experiment tends to show that the origins of even the most seemingly “selfless” actions lie deeply embedded in the biology of all social animals."

Scientists have even observed, in the wild, that some, though by no means all, humans are capable of this same behavior, though they often condition it upon accepting some creed or another and often will respond only to members of their own "pack" ignoring completely, or trying to annihilate any others. Animals, including rats, are better people than people think they are.

Diane B (275)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:43 pm

Terry V (30)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:07 pm
Animals do NOT put a price tag their family or on people, It's unconditional love.

Thomas P (280)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:21 pm
Noted....thanks Carrie. What a great article. Allan on observation. Those of us that feed feral cats take note of this with amazement. Gene J...I so agree. Animals make better citizens and have a much better sense of community than do most people.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:40 pm
All animals have emotions! I saw a pigeon in distress, watching a crow devour its mate, it was awful, and my cat knows from my tone of voice how I'm feeling and if I am displeased with her she runs and hides under the closet. If I cry, my cats immediately become worried and come over to check what's wrong. These emotions are basic for the animals' survival and therefore are in their genes for thousands and thousands of years...

Danuta W (1250)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:28 am

Tanya W (65)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:43 am
Noted. All animals do have emotions and feelings.How else would they participate in complex animal groups or familly units that have hierarchy. Survival of the species often depends on them communicating within these groups and having the skills to emote danger, submission, happiness and fear.

donnaa D (14)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:45 am
goes to show that their social order is as good as ours, if not better!

Veronique L (209)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:26 am
Thank you for sharing!

Veronique L (209)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:29 am
I had also read this very interesting article about he-dogs being real gentlemen when it came to playing games , as they most of the time let ladies win! How about that??

Carol H (229)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:14 am
noted, thanks Carrie

Ruth C (87)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:15 am
My animal friends know when I'm feeling blue, they come over to where I am and they lay their heads on my lap, or they caress my feet or rub their heads on my head.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:55 pm
Some years ago while I was recovering from some extensive surgery, our three dogs and one cat never left my side. They would surround me on my bed and would not budge unless I moved. Then everyone would sit up and watch me until I was still again. If I went to the bathroom, they were waiting outside the door. Once I was back in bed, they would take up their positions as my caretakers. It was wonderful just having them by my side. They have all crossed the rainbow bridge; the last one was Ziggy who left us June 1st of this year. I will never forget their love and devotion.

Natalie V (27)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

Paul Girardin (126)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:06 pm
Fascinating essay on emotions, noted and shared!

Thanks for bringing it to us!

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:49 am
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:16 am
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