Joyful Gorgeous Great Blue Heron
If you smile at me I will understand,
‘Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Paul Kantner
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Do animals feel emotions?
This week, Michelle W and WordPress have asked us for photos that speak to “joy.” As humans, we can easily identify joy when we see it on the face of another person. But what about animals? Can they feel joy and other emotions?
A quick Internet search will reveal a lot of anecdata about emotions in animals and birds, and many pet owners will attest to their own dog’s or cat’s or horse’s capacity to “feel.”
I’m not aware of “scientific studies” that prove the emotional capacity of birds and animals, but there are fascinating accounts of wild creatures “grieving” dead mates – elephants and even herons have been observed staying with their dead.
What do you think – have you seen a pet or a wild creature show “joy?” I’d love to read your comments about animals showing emotions.
Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy prompt.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
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Great Blue Heron
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