5 ways animals express human-like emotions

Animals also experience human emotions.

1. Tigers can take revenge

In 2007, some young people decided to tease the Amur tigress at the San Francisco Zoo for Christmas. Now it doesn't matter what exactly they said to the tigress there. What is important is that deep resentment has sunk into her bestial soul. A few minutes after the offenders left, she got out of the fence, sowing horror, made her way through the open enclosures of other animals, paved her way through the appetizing crowd of people and found those very three scoundrels in order to settle a bloody score with them. However, in fact, this is nonsense in comparison with the story of Vladimir Markov, a Russian poaching. On one fateful day in 1997, Markov managed to injure a tiger and, as an additional humiliation, appropriated part of the tiger's prey. The tiger, in spite of everything, managed to escape. At the same time, deep wounds remained not only on the body of the predator, but also in his soul.

Later, the tiger found Markov's hunting hut in the forest. Not finding the owner, the beast unleashed its rage on everything that smelled of a poacher, and lay down in anticipation of revenge at the entrance. And if someone thinks that upon the arrival of Markov all the misunderstandings were settled over a cup of tea, then we have to upset you.

2. Rats never abandon their

The word "rat" is qualified by people as an insult, regardless of their age and social status. Call someone a rat at work and see for yourself. Nobody will be happy. The reason lies not only in the fact that dirty rats carry various diseases, but also in their blatant non-compliance with the standards of human virtue. Rats are not aware of mutual assistance, they are incapable of organizing social groups. All they can do is a frantic race to any rotting garbage, then devouring it, walking over each other's heads and defecating right on the face of a neighbor in a frenzied, selfish fight in the name of food and reproduction.

Nevertheless, centuries of scientific experience tell us that animal behavior that seems haphazard and horrible at first glance can appear in a new light with prolonged observation. Researchers in rat behavior have come across examples of the altruism and devotion of rats to one another. At the same time, the scientists themselves, ironically, had to go on a cruel experiment, creating a psychological torture chamber like in the movie "Saw".

3. Elephants mourn the dead

Elephants are reminiscent of actor Harvey Keitel in the animal kingdom: clear badass, but with a touch of mature intelligence, which makes them somewhat less dangerous. In addition, they are constantly naked. However, thanks to Dumbo, we think elephants are gentle and sensitive, don't we? So, there is one ability that, according to human ideas, corresponds to the depth of only human feelings: the ability to mourn the dead. So, if you think that animals see in their fallen brethren only pieces of rotting meat, then look at the elephants. Having stumbled upon the remains of their own species, they gather around and caress the skulls and tusks with their thick trunks.

In doing so, elephants not only show convincing signs of respect for the skeletons of their dead comrades, but they also bury them in foliage or nearby bushes. And it's not just the corpses of other elephants. One pachyderm in Kenya killed two people. However, instead of just throwing the bodies away, he went and buried them. So, if the elephant kills you, then only with a sense of the deepest guilt and with the utmost respect for your corpse.

4. Drosophila pour alcohol into grief

For many of us, a fiasco on the personal front and alcohol are inseparable, like the New Year and ... alcohol. For being human is not always good - we have a big brain, great love, and therefore great experiences, for the suppression of which large bottles of alcohol are needed. But as amazing as it sounds, humans are not the only creatures that do this. Since fruit flies are primarily sexual beings, scientists have wondered what happens to them when they are rejected. Refusals to practice fruit flies are not uncommon, as females are prone to hypocrisy, especially if they have just mated. If the second male attempts to mate, the female will kick him and hide. Because, you see, she's not some kind of slut.

After their sexual adventures, scientists offered the rejected and lucky flies a choice of regular or alcohol-soaked food. At the same time, Drosophila did not show preferences after another sexual victory, while their colleagues who suffered a fiasco were much more likely to choose food with alcohol.

5. Doves are susceptible to superstition

If there is any kind of mental activity that is characteristic exclusively of man, it is superstition. After all, intelligence is a double-edged sword, right? There is probably only one animal smart enough to build a computer and stupid enough to believe in lucky socks that bring luck in the lottery. And yet, besides us, there is another superstitious (without any training) animal. We are glad to present you the favorite of all motorists - the pigeon.

B.F. Skinner, a well-known psychologist, who is probably known to many of you as “that guy with the box, ” put not only rats, but also pigeons in his cages. The cages were equipped with a mechanism by which food was regularly supplied inside, and the pigeons ate it as if it were the last time. The pigeons loved the food, and they couldn't figure out how to get more.

Unable to grasp the concept of free food, the pigeons assumed that the food came from their actions, approved by the pigeon god of feasting. For example, one of the pigeons turned to the right during feeding, and therefore decided that the food appeared precisely because of this movement.

Each pigeon tested developed its own belief system. Some decided that they needed to turn counterclockwise two or three times, others made pendulum movements of their heads, and still others nodded. Skinner kept the pigeons well-fed to eliminate the effects of hunger on their behavior. Thus, the pigeons did not go crazy with hunger - they were ready to believe anything, if only there was something to bomb cars.