Chimps Feel The Same Way About Death As Humans Do

Submitted by: Matwix_2004 7 years ago in Misc
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36783026/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Several studies showing that chimps feel the same way about death as us (and that"s so sad...)
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Male 4,807
I`m pretty sure Jane Goodall discovered this back in the 60`s or 70`s

Not really "News"
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Male 313
@ madest, A few posts ago the spelling of "retarded" was discussed.
Just saying.
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Male 3,819
Anybody else reminded of that Onion story from a couple weeks back?
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Male 2,548
Always makes me cry when I hear about the departed baby chimps and their mourning mothers. *sniffle* Good thing that they`re thinking about changing policy though.
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Female 512
Heck, even my chickens have displayed signs they mourn the loss of their flock mates.
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Male 378
WHOA, ass like that...
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Female 1,006
I saw an episode of Hoarders where a woman kept a fetus that she miscarried in the freezer for like, over 20 years.
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Female 3,828
it took them this long to figure this out? animal planet taught me this long ago.

its sill very interesting, however. especially about the infants- took the mothers so much longer to get over death. it shows how strong the mother-child bond really is.
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Female 291
There was actually a case here in my city, recently in fact, of a mother who had 3 babies. They all died over a period of 4 years and she carried them around in her purse in plastic bags. No one figured it out until she she committed suicide one day and the bodies were found. Her boyfriend at the time, had no idea that she was doing this.

And yes, elephants mourn their dead as well.
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Female 68
NoArms5534: "Yes, chimps carrying around dead babies mean they feel the same way about death as humans, not that they are stupid and will carry around a corpse until it falls apart. That is logical."

Exactly. Because we`ve never heard of a human keeping a loved ones body in the house long after they have died. Never happens - right?
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Female 3,598
:-(
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Female 864
Why would anyone be surprised that animals react to death ? Anyone who is surprised is really underestimating the intelligence of other species .
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Male 25,416
Awww...so sad!
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Female 452
So do elephants, I think.
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Male 196
Yes, chimps carrying around dead babies mean they feel the same way about death as humans, not that they are stupid and will carry around a corpse until it falls apart. That is logical.
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Female 237
Chimps aren`t the only ones...

Alfa wolves as an example, usually mate for life. If one of the partners dies, it`s not uncommon for their mourning mate to die of a "lonely heart" (although I`m thinking it`s from not eating/protecting itself due to depression).
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Female 254
This is actually only partially accurate depending on who you talk to. Jane Goodall does believe they feel death the same way, but my primatology professor`s theory is that their perception of death is only linked to the body. Out of sight, out of mind. If the body weren`t there, they wouldn`t think about it. There are proponents for either theory.
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Male 2,551
Link: Chimps Feel The Same Way About Death As Humans Do [Rate Link] - Several studies showing that chimps feel the same way about death as us (and that`s so sad...)
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