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    Default 14 stories that prove animals have souls.

    1. Koko the gorilla responds to a sad moment in her favorite film.




    2. The parrot with the moving last words.

    Alex the African gray parrot was able to count and identify colors, and he had a beautiful relationship with his person, Irene Pepperberg. When Alex died in 2007, his last words to her were "You be good. I love you."



    3. The fact that cows have best friends and get stressed when they are separated.
    According to scientist Krista McLennan, "When heifers have their preferred partner with them, their stress levels in terms of their heart rates are reduced compared with if they were with a random individual."



    4. The two guide dogs who led their owners down 70 floors in the World Trade Center before the towers collapsed on September 11.

    Guide dogs Salty and Roselle were awarded a joint Dickin Medal "For remaining loyally at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001."




    5. The Jack Russell Terrier who gave his life to rescue five children from wild dogs.

    In 2007, five children were playing with George when they were attacked by pit bulls. "George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them," said one of the children about the attack, "but they started to bite him - one on the head and the other on the back." His heroic intervention saved the children, though he later died from his injuries. George was posthumously awarded a medal for bravery.




    6. The beluga whale who saved a free diver who had cramped up 20 feet below the surface.

    When free-diver Yang Yun tried to return from the bottom of an arctic pool, she found that her legs had cramped up and she couldn't move.


    "I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me – I was dead. Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface."

    A Beluga whale named Mila had seen what was happening and sprang into action, guiding Yun safely back to the top of the pool.




    7. The cat who can sense when someone is about to die.

    Oscar could always sense when one of the residents at the nursing home where he lived was near death and would sit quietly on their bed during their last moments.

    One relative of two sisters who died in the nursing home said of Oscar's vigil, "Oscar's presence gave a sense of completion and contentment. Both women loved pets. Oscar brought a special serenity to the room. What's more peaceful than a purring cat? What sound more beautiful to fill one's ears when leaving this life?"





    8. The Staffordshire bull terrier who protected her owner from a machete gang.

    Patricia Adshead was making tea when three men wearing masks and wielding machetes broke into her home. Adshead's ex-husband rushed to help, but one of the assailants sliced through his hand with a machete.

    “I was trapped in the kitchen with Oi and one of the men. He raised the machete over my head," she said.

    "Oi jumped up and bit his hand. He brought the machete down on her head but she still chased him out of the house. If she hadn’t gone for him I would have been dead. She saved my life.”




    9. The gorilla who remembered his old friend.





    10. The recent discovery that fish use tools to perform tasks.

    In 2011, a professional diver captured this amazing image of a fish smashing a clam against a rock to get at its innards, proving that fish have vastly superior capacities than most people believe.




    11. The German Shepherd who has become a seeing eye dog for a blind spaniel.


    When Ellie, a blind spaniel, was adopted by shelter manager Jean Spencer, she never expected that her other dog, Leo, would choose to become her very own seeing-eye dog. "I take them for walks in the park and Leo guides Ellie around," says Spencer. "He is so protective and herds the more boisterous dogs away from her."




    12. The abused circus elephants who were reunited at an elephant sanctuary after 25 years apart.




    13. The amazing story of Christian the lion.






    14. The chimps who grieved for their dead friend.

    At a Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, a chimp named Dorothy died of heart failure. What happened next was amazing: Her fellow chimps hugged each other in solidarity and solemnly watched as their friend was laid to rest.

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    feelings =/= souls

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    I saw a clip of #13 and its a trip. When they returned to the wild a year later and the lion ran up and suddenly jumped on one of them I thought it was going to be a "faces of death moment". Fortunately for the brothers the lion clearly remembered them and was happy to see them (genuinely happy not hungry "oh good my meal is here" happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vizconde View Post
    I saw a clip of #13 and its a trip. When they returned to the wild a year later and the lion ran up and suddenly jumped on one of them I thought it was going to be a "faces of death moment". Fortunately for the brothers the lion clearly remembered them and was happy to see them (genuinely happy not hungry "oh good my meal is here" happy.
    To be honest though, I think that if the lion had been starving and hungry, the clip would have turned out differently.

    It's like the story of that bear man. Always coming during a time of the season where the bears are not pressed for finding food, in an area food was abundant. Coming later into the season his last time whilest there was a lot of competition over many food sources, and that was the last of him.

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    Oh good grief. Save the inspirational spam for facebook, we don't need to see it here too.
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    I'm a big sap about animals. I teared up reading those!

    Though I don't necessarily believe having a soul has anything to do with anything, I do believe animals have emotions. It's pretty crazy to me that there are people who think animals are as sentient as an inanimate object. So many people react negatively when you bring up an animal cruelty issue, like it's the most ridiculous thing in the world.

    I also don't believe that animals have to be like us to have value or be respected, which is a common idea across humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    Oh good grief. Save the inspirational spam for facebook, we don't need to see it here too.
    then get out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    I'm a big sap about animals. I teared up reading those!

    Though I don't necessarily believe having a soul has anything to do with anything, I do believe animals have emotions. It's pretty crazy to me that there are people who think animals are as sentient as an inanimate object. So many people react negatively when you bring up an animal cruelty issue, like it's the most ridiculous thing in the world.

    I also don't believe that animals have to be like us to have value or be respected, which is a common idea across humanity.
    Actually that's pretty much how I view animals, not like humans but different they have a different abilities and thus should be respected as beings on our planet.

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    I remember writing an essay on a similar subject as a college freshman. I think the point of the paper was that animals have feelings similar to humans (anthropomorphism). I used the bible (Old Testament) for most of my references.

    My favorite of the referanced accounts was the story Balaam. Balaam was a heathen prophet summoned by the Moabitean King Balak to curse Israel. On his way to Balak his she-ass refuses to walk through various passages three times because an angel blocks the roads with sword in hand to kill Balaam. The she-ass can see the angel and avoids it thus diverting Balaam from his death. Balaam for some reason can not see the angel and strikes the she-ass multiple times. After a third thrashing the she-ass speaks Balaam's human language saying something like: "I have served you for years and never did you wrong, why are you hurting me?" At which a shocked Balaam then sees the angel with sword in hand, the angel tells him essentially the ass saved his ass. Numbers 22:21-35

    The professor didn't like that I cited the bible as a reference and gave me a D (for an otherwise near perfect paper). I appealed and her superior held up the professor’s decision. I felt like such an ass.

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