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“Charles Darwin thought the mental capacities of animals and people differed only in degree, not kind—a natural conclusion to reach when armed with the radical new belief that the one evolved from the other. His last great book, “The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals”, examined joy, love and grief in birds, domestic animals and primates as well as in various human races. But Darwin’s attitude to animals—easily shared by people in everyday contact with dogs, horses, even mice—ran contrary to a long tradition in European thought which held that animals had no minds at all…
…Off Laguna, in southern Brazil, people and bottlenose dolphins have fished together for generations. The dolphins swim towards the beach, driving mullet towards the fishermen. The men wait for a signal from the dolphins—a distinctive dive—before throwing their nets. The dolphins are in charge, initiating the herding and giving the vital signal, though only some do this. The people must learn which dolphins will herd the fish and pay close attention to the signal, or the fishing will fail. Both groups of mammals must learn the necessary skills. Among the humans, these are passed down from father to son; among the dolphins, from mother to calf. In this example, how much do the species differ?”
VIDEO :: Animals Have Human Emotions
This doggie has the cutest way of covering up and cuddling with his blanket for the night. Abolutely ADORABLE video! : )
VIDEO: Adorable little red panda cub plays with a pumpkin in the snow.
Precious, vulnerable and fragile, these orphaned baby elephants are lovingly nurtured by their caregivers at the Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya.
Click on the image above to see the slideshow at National Geographic. (Link opens new tab or window)
An absolutely stunning video of an elephant seal gradually cuddling closer and closer with a young woman. An extraordinary illustration of a friendship between animal and human.
A wonderful video of happy music and a most delighted and darling little Baluga whale. NOT TO MISS. : )
This is so darn precious and cute! Some of these pictures in this video will take your heart to HEAVEN. Perhaps you will even cry. 😀
Cuter blinking you will not find. : )
A Wonderful and Beautiful Story Ending
An extraordinary and beautiful, touching story to watch. This young whale is caught in an impossible tangle of nets. Her fins are pins to her side and her breathing is terribly difficult and labored. She is dying a prolonged and terrifying death. A small boat finds her, and the men work desperately against the clock try and save her.
The men radio for help, but none is forthcoming. They take matters into their own hands. Time is running out. The young whale grows more increasingly desperate, frightened and exhausted. But, he contains herself with extraordinary patience as the men work feverishly to cut the nets with one, small knife. It is difficult and laborious work.
At last! The whale is free. He cannot contain herself. He jumps and leaps for joy for over an hour before the small boat that saves him. Her ecstasy is boundless. It seems he is showing them his incredible happiness, relief, gratitude.
The men finally must say good bye. They are deeply moved and touched. This story will stay with them for the rest of their lives. They are forever changed.
The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC) is a joint program of two premier projects of the Earth Island Institute: the International Marine Mammal Project and the Campaign to Safeguard America’s Waters.
The Original Slinky Cat Video
This is Tsuki the Cat. He definitely has the most individual way of coming down the stairs. Absolutely adorable. 😀
Little Beetle, an adorable little 9 week old kitten, recovers from broken bones, serious internal organ damage as well as other injuries, after being cruelly thrown from a fast moving car window. There is a reward for the capture of the suspects involved. A number of comments on the news site reflect a deep intolerance for such animal abuse. Little Beetle is cheerful as he limps about, and is experiencing a “miracle healing.” A sweet story of love and kindness of strangers and the Suffolk County SPCA.
Thanks to http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/06/29/reward-offered-after-someone-throws-kitten-from-car-window-on-long-island/#comments