All of these videos are interesting and provide some good food for thought. While I do not speak or understand Korean, I find it intriguing that an
elephant could alter its pitch enough to mimic Korean words with any sort of accuracy. Since I am not an animal behaviorist, I cannot comment on the
reasons why or how this elephant is able to achieve this form of communication.
The video of the husky is very interesting as well. I would liken the vocalizations of the dog to that of a wolf. Each wolf pack has its own unique
vocalization for hunting, socializing, etc. I think this dog is merely showing a pack behavior where it tries to mimic the vocalizations of its
"human pack". Just to prove my hypothesis, I just sat with my beagle and made different types of vocalizations. I would make a whining or
whimpering sound, and she would immediately react by licking my face to try to "comfort" me. I would growl a playful growl, like when we're
playing ball, and she would make the same one back at me, then retrieve her ball. While I don't entirely believe that the dog in the video knows
what it is saying, I believe that it does know that it is trying to please its "human pack."
The elephant video in which it paints a self-portrait is very telling indeed. If there was no learned behavior involved, it would suggest to me a
sense of self-awareness. Of course, who would think to give an elephant a paint brush and canvas in the first place? There may be some sense of
training involved, but I don't think it goes so far as to teach it how to paint a picture of itself. I think that came all on its own.
I have always been interested in dolphins and whales, their songs, and their ways of communication. I truly believe that at least some species of
dolphins and whales are completely sentient in a sense that they have self-awareness, have beliefs, customs, etc. Just studying their behavior and
having the privilege of swimming when them several times in "dolphin encounters" I am convinced that they are on a "human level" of intelligence.
If we could only break through the language and communication barrier, who knows what we could find out. They would become not only a protected
species, but would be granted rights as a sentient species.
Very interesting things to think about. Thanks all for the interesting videos.
Peace be with you.