We can all sleep easy at night now, as it’s officially been proven that animals can think and feel, like us humans!
According to the New York Times Magazine, animals studied in zoos seem to contain an emotional spectrum that could populate a ‘veritable Russian novel’.
The study found that common shore crabs feel and remember pain, zebra finches experience REM sleep, fruit-fly brothers cooperate, dolphins and elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, chimpanzees assist one another without expecting favours in return and dogs really do feel elation in their owners’ presence – which we’re most excited about.
Now that that’s all cleared up, we’re off to play with our dog, because clearly he actually loves us, and doesn’t just want food!
Image via Graham Richardson