The loss of a loved one is humbling, and it leaves you with many unanswered questions. Some people leave you with memorable recollections, while others take a long time to forget.
This has been found in some animals who grieve in the same way as humans do.
Elephants have a unique but different relationship with their deceased relatives. According to some researchers, these animals are extremely intelligent and empathetic. They have a unique quality in that even non-family people show concern when there is a death.
“What her family was up to was fascinating, but what her non-relatives were doing to was as intriguing. You can observe how they investigate the body. You notice cows passing by, sniffing it. It's incredible to see such a high level of interest. Her family was worried that she wouldn't wake up. When a Colorado State University doctorate student, Shifra Goldenberg, shared a rare 2013 video captured at Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya with National Geographic, she said, "The greater public was also interested in her demise."
When their infants die, chimp mothers act just like human mothers. After her child dies, a chimpanzee mother continues to care for her child until she or he decomposes beyond recognition
"The behaviors expressed by this female chimpanzee when she first experiences physical separation from her dead infant provide valuable insight into... the possible ways in which chimps gather information about the state of responsiveness of individuals around them (hence learning about 'death,'" writes Katherine Cronin in the American Journal of Primatology.
Sea species, like terrestrial animals, lament the loss of their companions. On several occasions, dolphins have been seen guarding their dead. They also value human life, as evidenced by incidents in which they assisted humans in peril in the water
Death rites have also been observed in giraffes, baboons, geladas, macaques, gorillas, and lemurs.
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