reply to post by Nightaudit
Not to mention elephants, who actually cry. When I was raising and training horses, and it was time to wean the babies so we had to separate them
from their dams, I saw low-hanging heads, lethargy, etc.
My cats, dogs, horses, and yes, even the chickens, show/ed 'preference' for other animals of their own species, and build friendships, trust, dislike,
or animosity towards others. They also build friendships with other species, quite readily, INCLUDING HUMANS.
My animals also show UNCONDITIONAL love, and are very sensitive to the emotions of us - their caretakers and providers - show patience when we make
mistakes, understand when they have misbehaved - even show deliberate 'misbehavior' as a tool to communicate. I have an aging cat who, when he
doesn't get his way, starts getting obnoxious, and if ignored gets 'revenge' (which he's attempting to do right now!
Wants his wet food, so he's
'clicking' around the house into forbidden areas in order to get my attention.)
He sits outside and asks to come in with a noise like, "Helll....oOOO?"
His friend cat used to call his 'name', "LY...lllle." They ALL know their names, recognize tones of voice or the wishes of the others in the
house....including mine, my husband's, or anyone else's who lives here.
One of my dogs acts as messenger and overseer of the other one, letting me know when he wants out, or it's time for a chewie, or whatever. They KNOW.
They think, they help each other, they even teach each other.
They are VERY clever with their communication skills, and master manipulators at times!
Gotta go give Lyle his old-man wet food before he pees in the corner........
(oh, in nice weather he'll go to the door and look at it. Each of them has a way to "ask" to go in or out, to be fed, to play, to snuggle....I could
go on and on, but that would be derailing, for sure.)
If only HUMANS were as sensitive and compassionate, as responsive and attentive to others as animals are. Elephants are my faves.....right up there
with horses, dogs, cats...dolphins, etc.
My utmost respect goes to them, and much
less of it to a large portion of humanity. Appalling what people do to each other and to animals!
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