List Of Animals Who Have Funerals, Just Like Humans.
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 observed to be replicated by some animals who grieve like human beings.
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 the family was doing was interesting, but what her non-relatives were doing is also important. You see their investigation of the body. You see calves walking past and smelling it. It is amazing to see that level of fascination. Her family was distressed that she wasn’t getting up. But the larger population also was interested in her death,” a Colorado State University doctoral student, Shifra Goldenberg, told National Geographic when sharing a rare 2013 video recorded at Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya.
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 behaviours expressed by this female chimpanzee when she first endures physical separation from her dead infant provide valuable insight into… the possible ways in which chimpanzees gather information about the state of responsiveness of individuals around them (hence learning about ‘death’),” Katherine Cronin notes 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.