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Chimps Feel The Same Way About Death As Humans Do

Hits: 20883 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Misc. | Added by: Matwix_2004
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a1butcher
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4783 Posts
Sunday, May 09, 2010 7:58:55 AM
I'm pretty sure Jane Goodall discovered this back in the 60's or 70's

Not really "News"

wellsy57
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 225 Posts
Sunday, May 09, 2010 7:28:43 AM
@ madest, A few posts ago the spelling of "retarded" was discussed.
Just saying.

peloos12
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3765 Posts
Sunday, May 09, 2010 4:18:37 AM
Anybody else reminded of that Onion story from a couple weeks back?

Geogypsy
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2407 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 10:43:48 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.

epiphany101
Female, 30-39, Australia
 512 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 10:07:24 PM
Heck, even my chickens have displayed signs they mourn the loss of their flock mates.

tlshaman
Male, 13-17, Western US
 379 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 6:57:05 PM
WHOA, ass like that...

akijade
Female, 18-29, Western US
 1008 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 6:01:06 PM
I saw an episode of Hoarders where a woman kept a fetus that she miscarried in the freezer for like, over 20 years.

xxPinkxx
Female, 18-29, Canada
 3842 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 5:46:03 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.

MsMalicious
Female, 18-29, Canada
 292 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 5:37:02 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.

Loew
Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 69 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 4:41:20 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?

SmilinSam
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 3603 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 4:03:34 PM

fancylady
Female, 30-39, Canada
 870 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 3:55:57 PM
Why would anyone be surprised that animals react to death ? Anyone who is surprised is really underestimating the intelligence of other species .

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24493 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 3:00:30 PM
Awww...so sad!

Raokin
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 458 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:44:16 PM
So do elephants, I think.

NoArms5534
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 195 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:34:44 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.

Dilluxia
Female, 18-29, Canada
 240 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:20:59 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).

Jilana
Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 252 Posts
Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:08:11 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.

Matwix_2004
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2105 Posts
Friday, May 07, 2010 4:05:41 PM
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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