reply to post by TrueBrit
Oh, I heartily (pun) agree.
It has been evidenced, certainly, in our nearest relatives (the various primates) and also in many other mammal species.
Elephants, of late (but that came as no surprise to me, based on many natural sciences programmes I've seen over the years)...
Of course, ocean-going mammals, we know have an advanced sort of intelligence, and thus capacity to 'mourn', this has also been observed.
In the case of "domesticated" animals, species and breeds that have a long history of Human interaction, there is ALSO clear evidence that there
are, for wont of a better term 'psychic' connections, and bonds, that occur, between Humans and their animal companions (well, we are ALL animals,
actually, but my point is...)
...point is, Human capacity for anthropomophizing exists, in our impressions that we assign to animal behavior.
Call it a "clash of cultures", in a sense.
Not to tend to steer off-topic, but this (our understanding, and connections with) our known other
species we share this planet with have
profound implications for the time (IF/WHEN?) we ever meet up with an extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Not sure if I made this clear, hope someone gets it....