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There is plenty of evidence that animals engage in self-destructive behavior. In addition to the beached whales, ducks and dogs have been observed drowning themselves, cows have walked off cliffs, and naked mole rats (like some insects) leave the colony to die when infected with a communicable disease
No matter the motivation, self-destruction appears to be something that exists in even the simplest life forms. Single-celled marine algae engage in programmed cell death when exposed to stresses that they’re fully capable of overcoming. Researchers recently discovered that the “suicide” of some cells promoted growth in the survivors. Like infected mole rats or bees that abandon the colony to prevent an epidemic, algae die for the good of the community
family dgg walking off to die alone , whales beaching themselves, prey animals jumping to thier death
Originally posted by faint1993
Lets all remember this thread:
The story about the mother bear who killed herself and her child at the Chinese bile farm.
That was the most touching story I've ever read.
The misconception of lemming "mass suicide" is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors. In 1955, Disney Studio illustrator Carl Barks drew an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic with the title "The Lemming with the Locket". This comic, which was inspired by a 1954 American Mercury article, showed massive numbers of lemmings jumping over Norwegian cliffs. Even more influential was the 1958 Disney film White Wilderness, which won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature, in which staged footage was shown with lemmings jumping into certain death after faked scenes of mass migration. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Cruel Camera, found that the lemmings used for White Wilderness were flown from Hudson Bay to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they did not jump off the cliff, but were in fact launched off the cliff using a turntable.
Originally posted by blocula
Suicide is a human thought and even if it "appeared" that an animal was killing itself,its probably not even what they are actually doing.Humans put a human face on lots of things that are not human at all..
The connection to humans that animals display is called pain.They have nerves and so do we and when anything that has nerves is kicked and starved,it will feel pain...Any emotional similarities that animals have with humans,resides purely within the minds of humans,who see what they want to see and feel what they want to feel...
Originally posted by brilab45
Mammals are all very similar in psychological makeup. Imagine yourself a dog that gets kicked and starved or have lost their master. Yes... very sad. Dogs do in fact commit suicide.
Here is a bizarre link:
My heart goes out to all the disenfranchised animals.
Originally posted by blocula
Any emotional similarities that animals have with humans,resides purely within the minds of humans,who see what they want to see and feel what they want to feel...