Animals are capable of so much more compassion, love, bravery, and ingenuity than most people realize.
The parrot with the moving last words.- Alex the African gray parrot was able to count and identify colors, and he had a beautiful relationship with his person, Irene Pepperberg. When Alex died in 2007, his last words to her were “You be good. I love you.”
The fact that cows have best friends and get stressed when they are separated.– According to scientist Krista McLennan, “When heifers have their preferred partner with them, their stress levels in terms of their heart rates are reduced compared with if they were with a random individual.”
The two guide dogs who led their owners down 70 floors in the World Trade Center before the towers collapsed on September 11.– Guide dogs Salty and Roselle were awarded a joint Dickin Medal “For remaining loyally at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001.”
The beluga whale who saved a free diver who had cramped up 20 feet below the surface.– When free-diver Yang Yun tried to return from the bottom of an arctic pool, she found that her legs had cramped up and she couldn’t move. A Beluga whale named Mila had seen what was happening and sprang into action, guiding Yun safely back to the top of the pool.
The cat who can sense when someone is about to die.– Oscar could always sense when one of the residents at the nursing home where he lived was near death and would sit quietly on their bed during their last moments.
The chimps who grieved for their dead friend.– At a Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, a chimp named Dorothy died of heart failure. What happened next was amazing: Her fellow chimps hugged each other in solidarity and solemnly watched as their friend was laid to rest.