Giving Compass' Take:

• This article from the YES! Media discusses scientific research showing animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours.

• How can learning about animals emotional side help to understand humans? How can this knowledge help inspire those to give back to animal conservation? 

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Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles. And bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate.

Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment. It’s not surprising that animals—especially, but not only, mammals—share many emotions with us because we also share brain structures, located in the limbic system, that are the seat of our emotions. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors.

Read the full article about the emotional lives of animals by Marc Bekoff at YES! Magazine