"Stella once teased me that elephants are more superior because they feel more joy and more grief than apes."
"Right now I would give all of the yogurt raisins in all of the world for a heart made of ice."
Can animals be sad, depressed, lonely, bored, or jealous? Are these human emotions that we project on them? Is it convenient for us to believe that animals don't feel the same way that we experience pain, sadness, grief, or joy? Why?
If you do feel that animals feel genuine emotions what implications might that have? Do all animals feel these emotions or is this ability connected to intelligence? What evidence has led you to this conclusion? Read this article about the brain of a killer whale to give you some insight.
I have included a link to koko.org. It is an article and video about a San Francisco gorilla, Koko, that can communicate through sign language and it shows her reaction to the news that her good friend Robin Williams had died. Have your views on animals feeling emotions changed?