DOLPHIN IN DESPAIR
This aquatic mammal is known for its playful spirit and range of emotions, but dolphins have bad days too. Researchers say that the animal has a hard time accepting death, and will often stay with a deceased infant or pod member for days. This ritual recently was captured on film when tourists took photos of a devastated mother holding her dead baby above water and carrying it deeper into the sea.
Chimpanzees’ close genetic makeup to humans means they get some of our faults as well. The primates are known to become distressed when they lose close members of their groups. The animals will often cry, refuse food, mope and separate themselves during grieving periods. One poignant example of chimpanzee mourning was the case of Dorothy. When the older chimpanzee died and was taken away from her rescue center, all the other chimps gathered seemingly to say their goodbyes and to watch the body leave. ( ABC News)