Over the years, several studies and researches have proved that animals may not be all that different from humans. From loving music to enjoying communication, we may share similar experiences and feelings.
Here are 12 facts that show animals and humans have a lot in common:
1. Chimpanzees can empathize
According to studies, empathetic behaviour has been seen in chimpanzees. It is possible that they are capable of understating and sharing the emotions of other beings. Just like in people, the level of compassion varies in each chimp. As per research that can be found in Nature Communication, chimpanzees may come and comfort the involved parties after a fight.
2. Dolphins may sleep talk
Several dolphins were recorded mimicking whale noises while they were asleep, at the French aquatic park Planète Sauvage. As per French researchers, the dolphins could only hear these sounds during the daytime shows. Hence, they (dolphins) were “saving” the sounds they heard and then reproducing them while sleeping. This could be a possible version of sleep-talking.
3. Cats gain weight when depressed
Just like in humans, drastic changes in the weight of cats can be linked with their emotional state. Cases of anxiety, stress, and unhappiness may cause these creatures to gain weight.
4. Tamarin monkeys can be talkative
Apparently, these creatures enjoy communication. As per a study published in the Journal of Zoo Biology, tamarin monkeys have a complex system of creaks, squeaks, and whispers. In fact, they might be the only creature that can whisper like us.
5. Cows may have mood swings
According to scientists from the University of British Columbia, cows’ behaviour becomes less predictable when they grow up. For example, some cows might show interest in exploring a new environment or object but on other days, they might just stand in one place during the test and show no such interest.
6. Mice have facial expressions
It is possible that mice display emotions just like humans. When in pain, mice have several facial expressions, say the scientists from McGill University. Apparently, these creatures can also read each other’s emotions as well as visually communicate their pain.
7. Dogs may like music
Several dog owners have witnessed their dogs really enjoying music. According to a study carried out by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA, classical music may help dogs relax and calm down. Genres like rock and reggae can aid in relieving stress and lowering heart rate in dogs. Researchers believe this happens because the rhythm of this type of music is similar to the heart rate of dogs.
8. Pigeons can be irrational
A study carried out at the University of Kentucky says that pigeons may like taking risks. Sometimes, they stick to a more complicated task rather than switching to an easier one event though both the tasks may fetch the same reward. Researchers say that this behavior is also seen in humans.
9. Beluga whales care about culture
According to studies, beluga whales tend to understand and appreciate culture, create complex societies, honor ancestors and value family bonds.
10. Monkeys believe in sharing
Primatologists at Yerkes found new evidence, which suggests that monkeys don’t only collaborate in order to look for food. These creatures also share the results of their hard work with others. It is possible that they may do so for uncertain benefits. However, presumably, they do this because they might be sensitive towards what others may want as well as a sense of mutual support.
11. Rats can drive
According to the researchers at the University of Richmond, rats might be capable of driving cars, steering the wheel and controlling the process of moving. As per New Scientist, these creatures may possess greater abilities and can manage to do more complex tasks.
12. Elephants mourn the loss of their dear ones for a long time
Researchers are of the view that elephants go through excessive stress on losing loved ones. They might morn the loss for several months. If elephants pass through the place where their loved one died, they may stop and stay silent for some time.