posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 12:14 AM
Ducks do this too.
My father lives in a 55+ community in Ft. Lauderdale, with the canals all around the place, the ducks are everywhere as well. My dad has a family of 3
that he feeds regularly and have been hanging around his place for a few years. Recently, not one of my dad's 'regulars', but another duck was hit
in the street, my dad picked it up and brought it to his backyard to figure out what he should do with it, (it was definitely deceased at that point).
Didn't take long for several other ducks to come over and stand around the body. No pecking at it, just looking and standing around, moving here and
there. I'll have to ask him how long they hung around for.
Animals are conscious creatures, obviously very capable of making bonds with most other species, I'm surprised it's a surprise that they observe the
dead or mourn loss like any other conscious being.