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Date: 05/08/10 02:01 PM

18 Responses to Chimps Feel The Same Way About Death As Humans Do

  1. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    May 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    Link: Chimps Feel The Same Way About Death As Humans Do - Several studies showing that chimps feel the same way about death as us (and that`s so sad...)
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    Jilana Female 13-17
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    May 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    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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    Dilluxia Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    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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    NoArms5534 Male 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    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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    Raokin Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    So do elephants, I think.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Awww...so sad!
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    fancylady Female 30-39
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    May 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    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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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    :-(
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    Loew Female 40-49
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    May 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    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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    MsMalicious Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    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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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm
    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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    akijade Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm
    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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    tlshaman Male 13-17
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    May 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    WHOA, ass like that...
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    epiphany101 Female 30-39
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    May 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    Heck, even my chickens have displayed signs they mourn the loss of their flock mates.
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    May 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm
    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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    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2010 at 4:18 am
    Anybody else reminded of that Onion story from a couple weeks back?
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    wellsy57 Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2010 at 7:28 am
    @ madest, A few posts ago the spelling of "retarded" was discussed.
    Just saying.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    May 9, 2010 at 7:58 am
    I`m pretty sure Jane Goodall discovered this back in the 60`s or 70`s

    Not really "News"

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