Re: [Meditation Society of America] If Onl;y Humans Would......
- To add on to this, a researcher named Jane Goodall
found that chimpanzees find some places sacred and
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> Elephants show capacity for compassion, scientists
> LONDON (AFP) - Elephants pay their respects to lost
> loved ones and
> venerated leaders in a way that suggests a
> human-like capacity for
> compassion, scientists have said.
> In a paper to appear in a scientific journal this
> month, researchers
> said Tuesday they came to this conclusion after
> watching how
> elephants on a Kenyan game reserve behaved towards a
> matriarch who
> fell ill and died.
> The dying elephant -- named Eleanor by the
> researchers from Britain
> and the United States -- was first assisted by an
> unrelated matriarch
> from another family.
> At one point the helper, called Grace, was observed
> lifting the
> collapsed animal to her feet using her tusks. When
> Eleanor fell
> again, Grace tried again to lift her up -- this time
> without success.
> Eleanor died where she fell, and was subsequently
> visited by
> elephants not only from her own family, but from
> four other families
> as well.
> All the animals showed a distinct interest in the
> body, the
> scientists discovered, sniffing it with their
> trunks, hovering a foot
> over it, or nudging it with their tusks.
> "It leads to the conclusion that elephants have a
> response to suffering and death... and that this is
> not restricted to
> kin," they wrote in a paper for the August issue of
> Applied Animal
> Behaviour Science.
> The research was led by Iain Douglas-Hamilton, from
> the zoology
> department at Oxford University, who founded the
> charity Save the
> With colleagues from the University of California,
> his team monitored
> 50 animals on the Samburu National Reserve in
> northern Kenya,
> tracking them with GPS collars and taking
> automatically dated and
> timed photos.
> Most animals, apart from humans, seem to show little
> interest in the
> dead bodies of their own species -- but chimpanzees,
> dolphins and
> elephants are all known to show concern for the sick
> and dead, the
> scientists said.
> "This behaviour in an animal species can be compared
> to human
> behaviour, and indicates that such feelings as
> compassion may not be
> restricted to our species alone," Douglas-Hamilton
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