posted on May, 2 2010 @ 11:56 PM
I have seen similar behavior in raccoons (no, not humping or perceived necrophilia) when I came across a couple of raccoons on the side of the road
before dawn on the way to work one morning. I slowed down when I realized that one animal was laying dead on the shoulder of the road, and the other,
smaller animal was sniffing and pawing at the carcass. The smaller raccoon really did appear to be trying to get its fallen companion (which I later
on found out was a big, old male) to get up. I believe they were a mated pair, since the living animal was much smaller and was obviously concerned
for the big male, and the fact that raccoons are solitary animals except for when they mate.
Regarding animals having/sensing emotions, several years ago I rescued 4 kittens from a feral cat that had been living under my tool shed (she still
does live there, after I had her spayed, and I feed her everyday so that she leaves neighborhood bird feeders alone). I gave two of them away, and
kept the other two. We also had two dogs at the time. One dog was getting old, and had lots of health problems. The kittens were maybe three months
old, and they would spend their days and nights wandering and sleeping throughout the house. But they never slept upstairs, and never on my mom's
bed. Well, one day came that we had to have the old dog put down, and unfortunately I had to take him to the vet for the last time. My mom and I
were quite upset, and for the first time, the two kittens came up at bedtime and spent the entire night cuddled up to my mom. They couldn't get into
my room because I'm the keeper of the house plants - if you have cats and plants, you know it's best (at least for the plants) if you keep them
separated, so they wouldn't have been able to come cuddle up with me. Ever since that night they sleep in her bed with her.
My other dog, the younger one, also has a curious habit - if anyone cries or laughs, he gets up and comes over to them and tries to sit in their lap,
and if he can't do that, he snuggles up against the person and licks their face.
The "jury" might be out on what's happening in the cat video (humping is possible, as one time I recall seeing a picture of a young rhino humping a
dead hippo, very strange) but I do believe that animals can feel and sense emotions just like people.