This video is another proof that animals do have emotions and they are able to empathize. This herd of donkeys lost one of their own, named Bram. The dark one is the leader, he was also the deceased donkey’s best friend. You can notice that the whole herd was trying to make Bram get up. They couldn’t believe and accept that he was gone. You can sense their agitation and despair. Their “goodbyes” are so heart-breaking. Please, SHARE this video to show people that animals have feelings too.
The researchers provide compelling evidence that many animals experience such emotions as joy, fear, love, despair, and grief. Today, most scientists agree that all vertebrate animals — mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish — are able to experience emotions. They prove that animals are individuals with intentions and preferences, and their lives matter to them.
It cannot be scientifically explained what exactly do the animals feel, but the changes in their behavior and physiology can be observed. The evidence shows that these changes are very similar to those in our bodies when we are exposed to similar stimuli.
Baboon mothers, for example, if they lose an infant, they show physiological and behavioral responses equivalent to those observed in grieving human mothers. Grief is associated with high level of glucocorticoid hormones. It takes time to subside it. Baboon mothers find relief by expanding their social network through increased grooming interactions with others.
At Emory University, scientists train pet dogs to remain motionless inside an fMRI machine, so that they could monitor brain activity while the dogs react to visual stimuli. Dogs’ brains registered the strongest delight in response to the familiar human.
Body temperature also plays a role in “feelings research”. Our body temperatures rise when we are nervous or anxious. A rat, handled by a stranger, gets warmer by 1°C or more. If the same person keeps picking it up for the next 5 days, the rat’s thermal response declines. If, however, a new stranger shows up on the sixth day, the rat’s body temperature rises again. This “emotional fever” has also been documented in turtles and lizards.
In a range of other studies, rats, pigs, goats, and honey-bees all have shown the same optimism/pessimism response to uncertain outcomes.