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from NPR.org

When Animals Mourn: Seeing That Grief Is Not Uniquely Human

WHEN ANIMALS MOURN : The breadth and depth of animal grief. "Writing this book often moved me profoundly; through reading the science literature, conducting interviews with experienced animal caretakers, I came to understand at a new, visceral level just how extensively animals feel their lives. Elephants grieve. Great apes and cetaceans (such as dolphins) grieve. So do horses and rabbits, cats and dogs, even some birds."

BAN ALL ELEPHANT RIDES IN THAILAND NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET EVOLVED THAILAND!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the damn 21st century!!!!!!!!! "The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.” ~Ashley Montagu Please Sign & Share Widely In Solidarity With Dee!

from USA TODAY

Don't dump Dumbo: Column

The animal rights groups claiming victory for elephant ban are only wasting time and money.

from ActiveRain

Bear Footstools and Great Coffee...

From Dianne Shapiro's Humane Trophies comes this little bear head to hang on the wall. She made every animal imaginable in both large and small sizes, including bison, elephants, and even chickens, but the bear, with its simple, huggable shape, was the most popular. Dentists attending the Yankee Dental Congress used to come into my store and buy six or seven animal heads to hang on their office walls to make the atmosphere a bit friendlier LOL!

from Top Inspired

TOP 10 Unusual Animal Friendships

Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant hit it off quite well with a 3 year old Labrador retriever named Bella. Both animals live together at Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina. Bubbles is a rescued orphan elephant, while Bella is an abandoned pooch

from Upworthy

14 elephant facts you can use to impress people at parties (if they're into elephants).

.Most animals don't understand that a mirror is a reflection of themselves.. But some animals, including humans, great apes, dolphins, and — yes — elephants can recognize that the handsome hunk in the mirror is their own reflection.

I asked, "if you could be any animal in the world, what would it be?" I already knew my answer, so imagine my surprise when it was the same as his. And for the same reason. They are pack animals. The stay with the same elephants, throughout their life, and they show genuine love. Plus they are smart and have great memories. #soulmates