Equally impressive is Koko, the pound gorilla at the Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, who was taught sign language and has mastered more than 1, signs and understands several thousand English words.
She then snagged the food from inside the tube.
Not so, according to new studies. In fact, we are finding that learning is passed on from parent to offspring far more often than not and that most animals engage in all kinds of learned experience brought on by continued experimentation.
Elephants will often stand next to their dead kin for days, occasionally touching their bodies with their trunks. They feel pain, suffer and experience stress, affection, excitement and even love -- and these findings are changing how we view animals. Now we know that geese have to teach their goslings their migration routes.
An orangutan named Chantek who lives at the Atlanta Zoo used a mirror to groom his teeth and adjust his sunglasses.
Siviy, a behavioral scientist at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, asks a question increasingly on the minds of other researchers. Tool-making and the development of sophisticated language skills are just two of the many attributes we thought were exclusive to our species.
We also know that animals play, especially when young. Pressured by animal rights activists and by growing public support for the humane treatment of animals, these companies have financed research into, among other things, the emotional, mental and behavioral states of our fellow creatures.
Recent studies in the brain chemistry of rats show that when they play, their brains release large amounts of dopamine, a neurochemical associated with pleasure and excitement in human beings.
Other funding sources have fueled the growing field of study into animal emotions and cognitive abilities. Animals, it appears, experience grief. Some philosophers and animal behaviorists have long argued that other animals are not capable of self-awareness because they lack a sense of individualism.
Researchers repeated the experiment and she fashioned a hook out of the wire nine of out of 10 times. What these researchers are finding is that many of our fellow creatures are more like us than we had ever imagined. On human IQ tests, she scores between 70 and Both chose the hooked wire.“A Change of heart About Animals”, by Jeremy Rifkin, is an article where he argues how animals have feelings and should have their own rights.
He describes how animals have the ability to learn. What he doesn’t do is describe animals as a lower class, but as “Our fellow creatures” so he states in his article.
In “A Change of Heart about Animals” Jeremy Rifkin says that animals have the same human qualities that humans have. And with that they deserve more if not the same amount of respect as human beings.
I would personally like to thank Jeremy Rifkin for his earth-shaking findings published in “A Change of Heart about Animals”. Without Rifkin’s article, I never would have realized that animals can experience pain, suffering, and affection (2).
And at the end, as last heart warming pathos appeal, Rifkin gives colorful examples of the horrible treatments that some animals must go trough like painful laboratory experiments, inhumane conditions and slaughter. In a LA times editorial,”A Change of Heart About Animals,” Jeremy Rifkin, author of the Biotech Century, persuasively argues that” animals feel pain, suffer and experience stress, affection, excitement, and even love and.
to analyze “A Change of Heart About Animals,” which presents summaries of a number of scientific studies of animal behavior and argues that sci- ence is showing us that animals are far more like humans than we used to.Download