Recent observations of unexpected cross-species relationships in zoos and animal sanctuaries around the world may provide some answers.
It’s widely accepted that many animals are conscious beings who display and feel a wide array of emotions including joy, happiness, pleasure, love, empathy, compassion and sadness and profound grief.
Among mammals this isn’t at all surprising because all mammals, including humans, share the same structures and neurochemicals in the limbic system that are important in processing and expressing what they’re feeling.
Animal Odd Couples – Slowly but surely we’re hearing about more and more observations of strong emotional attachments that cross species lines.
These unlikely friendships in a good number of cases show that emotions including joy, love, empathy, compassion, kindness and grief can readily be shared by improbable friends including predators and prey such as a cat and a bird a snake and a hamster.
And of course the best examples of emotions being shared between different species are those close and enduring relationships we humans form with the companion animals with whom we share our homes.
So Love Animals… Respect their Emotions and Feelings…Be Vegetarian !!!