Mood-swings, sleep-talking, gaining weight under stress — these are just a few of many things that we thought were different about humans and animals. It turns out, we’re far from being unique, because many animals might experience feelings similar to humans.
Elephants mourn for their loved ones for years.
Chimpanzees show empathetic behavior. According to research, after a conflict, chimpanzees may impulsively come and comfort the distressed parties of the fight.
Mice can have dozens of facial expressions.
Dolphins talk in their sleep. Several dolphins at the French aquatic park Planète Sauvage were recorded mimicking whale noises while sleeping.
Pigeons might like gambling and sometimes can fall for riskier options. They tend to stick to a more difficult task to get a snack, rather than switch to an easier task with the same reward.
Cats might also put on weight when they’re depressed.
Tamarin monkeys might really like talking. They have a very complex system of whispers, squeaks, and creaks.
Researchers at the University of Richmond found out that rats can drive cars, steer the wheel, and control the moving process.
Cows can experience mood swings.
A study showed that classical music might calm down and relax dogs, and reggae and rock can relieve stress and lower their heart rates.
Studies have found that beluga whales tend to create complex societies, understand and appreciate culture (behavior patterns), and also honor and value ancestors and family bonds.
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