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Chimpanzees deal with death in much the same way as humans, studies suggest.
Scientists in Scotland filmed a group of chimps grooming and caressing an elderly female who died, and remaining subdued for several days afterwards.
Other researchers saw females carrying around the bodies of their dead children. Both studies are reported in the journal Current Biology.
The scientists say this suggests other species, particularly apes, are more like humans than we might think.
Photo: Chimps mourn at burial of fellow primate
The picture, taken at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre in Cameroon, shows more than a dozen apes gazing on as the body of one of their own is wheeled past them.
Dorothy, a female chimpanzee in her late 40s, died of heart failure, and her death seemed to have left her fellow primates stricken by grief.
Originally posted by Conspiracy Chicks fan !
reply to post by Kandinsky
Here's an example of magpies apparently mourning:
Originally posted by argentus
I've seen firsthand dogs mourn over other dogs and especially over people. I don't believe it's just instinct. I think sometimes we humans want to elevate ourselves above the rest of the animal kingdom, and this empathy is one of the ways in which we project it. We should be trying to communicate and exist in harmony with the rest of the animal world, not subjugating it. Well, that's a rant for another thread.
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh after reportedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray, until he died himself on 14 January 1872. A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end of the George IV Bridge to commemorate him.