Animals love, grieve, and have empathy

With the ubiquity of cameras and especially cell-phone cameras, we no longer need to solely rely on scientists to tell us about animals.

We can see with our own eyes — that animals not only love, but they grieve; some display the empathy and altruism that too many humans lack; and they even have a sense of right and wrong, of justice and fairness (see “Animals can tell right from wrong“).

Swallows are monogamous. Below are the heartbreaking pics of a swallow mourning the death of its mate.

A turtle in Taiwan’s Taipei Zoo displays empathy and altruism by coming too the aid of another, completely helpless turtle that (some human?) had flipped onto its back.

H/t Kelleigh


36 responses to “Animals love, grieve, and have empathy

  1. Doc the tears won’t stop after the post on the autistic boy who was arrested had my blood boiling and then I hit this and it brought me to tears. thank you so much for what you do. you’re a blessing to the world with what you bring to the table and I thank God I meet you.

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  2. Michael J. Garrison

    Same thing here, Doc. I love all animals. One thing we should learn from them is how they are “schooled.” Their parents teach them “what’s needed to know” in order to ensure their long lives. Human parents still haven’t woken up to the fact that “human” schools were created for the purpose of teaching us how to be “effective” as a slave working for the elite.
    My parents taught me to be kind to ALL OTHERS (until they prove that you should treat them otherwise).
    Schools today are nothing more than indoctrination centers that “NULLIFY”
    a child’s natural imaginations and replaces them with satanic doctrine. Course, we all know how an imagination is evil….right?
    “Human schools” teaching in-humanity.

    Thanks, Doc. A smile a day keeps the blues away.
    (as a side note: I’m old enough to remember a time when love reigned, and hate only lasted until the fist-fight was over, then you got drunk together)

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    • Amen again! What quality people this blog attracts!

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      • Says you! Jes’ funning you.

        Many thanks for thinking well of us mere humans, as Chesterton [] and Nietzsche both agreed.

        Shallow critics of N forget that he hugely admired Christ, which is absolutely shown in this amazing line which is somehow never –OK, rarely– quoted: “The overman [‘super’man] will have the might of Caesar and the sould of Christ.” []

        Tell me how that denigrates Our Saviour, or Christianity? And as a master of languages, N was able to read & speak NT Greek and 11 other languages.


  3. And we dare call ourselves humans?

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  4. Dr. E, I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend lately in which it seems, more and more, that the people most vocal about their love for animals are among the worst, most evil people on Earth. It seems like they are amping up their critter-praising virtue-signaling as a means to distract from what horrible, murderous-hearted demons they are.

    You, on the other hand, just seem to love animals because you recognize that animals are lovely. It’s really refreshing.

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    • Thank you, Jurist.

      “the people most vocal about their love for animals are among the worst, most evil people on Earth”

      To whom are you referring? Examples, please.


      • It’s just a trend I’ve been noticing. No salient example sticks out to me at the moment. It just seems like an outgrowth of godlessness. Formerly, we as a society expressed rage at injustices that affected children. Now that children are no longer valued, that instinct to rage at something seems to have been shifted toward injustices toward animals.

        I’m still fleshing this out.

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      • One example would be simply how popular it is to have a rescue dog vs how loathsome it is to be anti-abortion.

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        • Another example you can see for yourself: go to ANY YouTube video of animals performing tricks at a circus, and then read the comment section. Guaranteed, there will be a cohort calling for humans to be slain for daring to capture lions (etc) and show them off to the world.

          It’s not the indignant “poor lion!” attitude that bothers me, it’s the “kill that lion trainer! Don’t even give him a trial!” sentiment that makes me call them evil.


        • Well it IS conditioning. Devaluing humans has been a staple of “the left” forever. That is why these “environmentalists” are always denigrating humans as though they were anomalies.

          A love of animals is a good thing. Perhaps that’s why they “use” it to push bad things. They are using the Trump situation the same way. First they set up the straw man (Trump), then they associate something they want to destroy with him.

          All of the rhetoric is then couched in a way that anybody who disagrees with them loves Trump. This is Communism 101. There can be no dissent allowed.

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  5. Love the tortoise helping out!

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    • As one who moved mostly by hand labour hundreds of tons of rock over 55 years, let me assure you how astonishing on many levels –or should be, IF we understood God’s intentions in the Creation!– this truly is.

      To move a large rock –and in my prime I could manipulate a single stone up to 600 lbs under the right conditions– one has to take the following into consideration before wasting time & effort:

      The angle of repose for the rock;
      the angle available for the mover’s stance in relation to the stone;
      the point at which one must direct the optimum force [you don’t get more than 3-4 chances w/a really big stone];
      the follow-through needed to maintain the momentum one created; and finally
      to have first selected the point of destination, as all else is wasted if it rolls away to a lower resting state. That shows forethought. Whew!

      NOW, will anyone reading this explain to me how this happens WITHOUT animal intelligence as a God-given inheritance?

      Let me remind all who stop here and read our comments, that Charles Darwin was a Christian believer, and IF one reads his Preface in ‘The Evolution of Species…’ s/he will see that Darwin wrote that GOD was responsible for the Original Creation and deliberately built-in evolution as the means for His species to perfect themselves. This is why I refer to ‘the continuous Creation’, as God is FAR from finished with us, and why we must NEVER despair that the Logos is far from us.

      Ya’ll got that? Let’s not always see the same hands now!

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  6. It’s terrible how they treat animals in factory farms. I’m still going to eat animals though because it’s our most important food (the USDA says it’s our least important… liars). I fell for veganism at one point, but found out that the vegans are wrong.

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    • Yep, that is the conflict we face. We love animals but we aren’t made to survive without eating them. Thankfully, everyone seems to agree that in the next life, this will be fixed.

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    • While I’m not yet a complete vegetarian, I’ll point out reasons why one should do a LOT of research before committing to 100% vegan.

      It’s impossible to get every nutrient from purely vegetable sources, as a few are animal-sourced, unless one takes supplements, which in turn are animal-sourced. If you use butter, it’s animal sourced.
      The recent interest in a ketogenic food plan is very sensible: many of us –meself included!– became obese, must lose 50 lbs or more, and the ketogenic/intermittent fasting approach is the best. [] This is a very prominent Internet medical website, maybe #1, w/a vegetarian bias, to show you I’m not bulldozing readers w/my PoV. I’ve lost 45; 40 more to go!
      Watch Dr Eric Berg’s videos –he’s 2nd to Dr Mercola– he’s the fellow who turned me onto the ketogenic approach. He’s 90% vegetarian but eats veggie-raised beef, etc., as he understands we need an essential 10% from non-veg sources if we are to thrive.
      All things in moderation: LEARN bfore leaping! Nourishing Traditions is the BEST single cookbook if you wish to go vegetarian but don’t want to crash & burn before you get to your goal. The gals who wrote it are simply SUPERLATIVE: one author drew up a proper new food pyramid for Congress, but it was scuttled after Big Money agrobusiness got through with the Congress critters who were bought & paid for many elections ago.

      Good luck, all best, and good night!

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      • “While I’m not yet a complete vegetarian, I’ll point out reasons why one should do a LOT of research before committing to 100% vegan.”

        vegetarian ≠ vegan


        • ABSOLUTELY correct: I wrote as I did to separate the sheep from the goats, so to speak [I raised both]. As one ages from 30 onward, I think sensibility finally overcomes our senses, so we intuitively –if our choices do not always show– know that vegetarian is the best way forward. However, one MUST get K1 & K2, for example, and these are not easy to locate, depending on where one lives.

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    • dgaubatz313, I’m sorry to differ w/you, but unless one subscribes to Dr Salisbury’s finding that grass-fed beef & water are all that one requires for complete nutrition, you are mostly misinformed. Please read this from the Smithsonian’s website:

      While grass-fed beef liver is the most nutrient dense food on our planet, I doubt there are many who prefer this to a diet of diverse veggies and other sources. I can eat 4 bowls and more of a well-made salad, as a complete meal, BUT it has cheese and perhaps some nuts & seeds as well as a variety of leafy greens. Start w/Pythagoras and read forward on nutrition if you want the whole banana, so to speak.

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  7. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    So sweet and true.


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  8. Doc, When I see these pics and stories, they lighten my heart.

    Thank you

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  9. There are a l lot of animal videos out there, but this one was one of the sweetest I have seen . That second clip of the two border collies was so precious. Thank you for the wonderful lift Dr. E.

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  10. Mourning: My late ” Black Jack” lab/GSP mix whom we rescued and brought home to accompany an older female ShihTsu (the boss of us all) would NOT leave the bedroom…the side of our bed where she slept…..after she died. We had to drag him down the stairs & out to use the potty…whereupon, he would NOT “go” until he’d sniffed out a spot she’d used in the past. This went on and on until we brought home another rescue companion for him. Animals mourn. Animals remember. Our pets feel emotion pain when it applies to their perceptions of their lives. I don’t need to send my tax dollars in to a bazillion-dollar millenial-run study (which has probably been done every decade since the 60’s already) to understand that my pets have feelings, memories, and they mourn.

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  11. Isn’t God’s creation lovely?

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