In this video published by BBC One channel, monkeys accidentally kill the robot baby monkey that researchers put among them. Then, something amazing happens: the members of the tribe get very sad because of the accident and mourn for the robot baby monkey’s “death”.
Do animals understand death? Do they grieve and mourn for their loss? Do they feel empathy for those who suffer? Yes, is the answer
If you “know” animals you already know this too. And there are many scientific studies that conclude animals can understand death and grieve for their losses. Scientists have known for years that big-brained mammals (i.e. gorillas, chimpanzees, etc.) may grieve when a family member or close friend, or even a pet dies. But, now, we know that mourning is found more widely in animals than once science has recognized: it extends to horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and many more.
Here is another touchingly beautiful video that may bring you to tears, published by BBC One‘s Spy in the Wild.
Researchers put a robot baby monkey among a tribe of Gray langurs (also known as Hanuman langurs) in India. The monkeys mistakenly think the robot is yet another langur, and start playing with him. Then, accidentally, one langur drops the robo-baby from a tree, and as the robotic spy monkey lies motionless, all members of the tribe begin to grieve and mourn. An amazing video reminds us that animals are more similar to humans than we may think.
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