Greater consolation

If you have a pet – dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig, even a gold fish – you may have already discovered that they do a lot more communicating than you might think was possible without actually being able to talk.

Now people have seen chimpanzees hugging and consoling each other after a fight.  They have shown that it actually reduces the stress that they usually feel after a conflict. 

It seems that chaimpanzees feel empathy for each other – an ability to put themselves in another’s place and have some idea how they feel.  We used to think this was a trait unique to us. 


About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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