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  • Benjamin Buehne
    To add on to this, a researcher named Jane Goodall found that chimpanzees find some places sacred and will worship. ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 10, 2006
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      To add on to this, a researcher named Jane Goodall
      found that chimpanzees find some places sacred and
      will worship.
      --- medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      > From Yahoo News:
      > Elephants show capacity for compassion, scientists
      > find
      > 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
      > generalised
      > 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
      > Elephants.
      > 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
      > said.

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