Do Animals Grieve? Seeing Is Believing   Leave a comment

And this one.

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.


 First, look at this amazing photo of chimps at a rescue center grieving for their friend Dorothy, who died of old age.


First, look at this amazing photo of chimps at a rescue center grieving for their friend Dorothy, who died of old age.

On September 23, 2008, Dorothy, a female chimpanzee in her late 40s, died of congestive heart failure. A maternal and beloved figure, Dorothy had spent eight years at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, which houses and rehabilitates chimps victimized by habitat loss and the illegal African bushmeat trade.

 After a hunter killed her mother, Dorothy was sold as a “mascot” to an amusement park in Cameroon. For the next 25 years she was tethered to the ground by a chain around her neck, taunted, teased, and taught to drink beer and smoke cigarettes for sport. In May 2000 Dorothy—obese from poor diet and lack of exercise—was rescued and relocated along with ten other primates. As her health improved, her deep kindness surfaced. She mothered an orphaned chimp named Bouboule and became a close friend to many others, including Jacky, the group’s alpha male, and Nama, another amusement-park refugee.


'Great loss': A three-month-old elephant calf attempts to wake its mother; one of ten pygmy elephants found dead in Malaysia's Sabah state

Again and again, the baby elephant nudged its mother’s head hoping desperately for a sign of movement.It was to no avail. She had become another victim of a mysterious spate of deaths in the tropical rainforest.If wildlife officials had not led the three-month-old infant to safety, it would probably have remained beside its mother until it, too, died.


Capitan keeps watch over Miguel Guzman's grave (La Voz)

An extremely dedicated dog has continued to show its loyalty, keeping watch on its owner’s grave six years after he passed away.

Capitan, a German shepherd, reportedly ran away from home after its owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006. A week later, the Guzman family found the dog sitting by his grave in central Argentina. Miguel Guzman adopted Capitan in 2005 as a gift for his teenage son, Damian. And for the past six years, Capitan has continued to stand guard at Miguel’s grave. The family says the dog rarely leaves the site.”We searched for him, but he had vanished,” widow Veronica Guzman told “We thought he must have got run over and died. ‘The following Sunday we went to the cemetery, and Damian recognized his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing as if he were crying.”

Adding to the unusual circumstances, Veronica says the family never brought Capitan to the cemetery before he was discovered there.

“It is a mystery how he managed to find the place,” she said. 

Cemetery director Hector Baccega says he and his staff have begun feeding and taking care of Capitan. “He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master,” Baccega said.

“During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave, stays there all night.” But the Guzman family hasn’t abandoned Capitan. Damian says the family has tried to bring Capitan home several times but that he always returns to the cemetery on his own.

“I think he’s going to be there until he dies, too. He’s looking after my dad,” he said.



Hachiko statue

Hachiko at Shibuya Station

“His gaze looks lonesome,” says 11-year-old Shinsaku, “like he knows his owner may not come back.” 
His name is Hachiko, who waited every afternoon at the train station for his owner, a professor, who died suddenly in 1925. 
But Hachiko didn’t understand that his master was gone. So for a decade, until he also died, he lived as a stray so he could come to the station at the same time with the same mission. To wait. 
In 1934 a statue was erected for the dog said to embody Japan’s sense of loyalty after he became famous from newspaper articles and books. 
Tokyo’s most famous dog also has a role to play in this modern day city of 13 million – because, if you want to link up with someone here, you just say, ‘meet me at Hachiko.'”
Over the decades, many a friendship started here – and many a blind date that led to marriage. 
And Hachiko still fuels the popularity of the breed – the Akita – distinctly Japanese with what some say are distinctly Japanese values. 
“The Akitas are like Samurai warriors,” a breeder explained, “instinctively loyal to the leader of their human family.” 
Americans will learn Hachiko’s story in a Richard Gere movie out later this year, but set in the U.S. 
Back in Japan, the paw prints at the nearby train station lead thousands to Hachiko. 
A dog who was forever lonely for one more pat on the head, one last moment of his master’s love.


Mourning gorilla holds onto her baby’s dead body


Loss ... penguin stands over her dead baby

Loss … penguin stands over her dead baby


Emotive ... a polar bear appears to mourn her offspring

 a polar bear appears to mourn her offspring

Posted July 10, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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