Although it’s nearly impossible to know if animals feel love

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Some species act like lovebirds

The word «lovebirds» might apply to species you wouldn’t typically think of. Although it’s nearly impossible to know if animals feel love buy canada goose jacket cheap like humans do. Prairie voles, for example, couple up for life. (Todd Ahern/Emory University/AP)

by Rachel Feltman by Rachel Feltman February 18

Even some of the least sappy humans get a little mushy about love around Valentine’s Day. Do other animals love their mates or family, or friends in the Canada Goose Coats On Sale same way we love one another?

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All of this is to say that we can observe how canada goose outlet nyc animals canada goose outlet behave and even take a close look canada goose outlet canada at how their brains and bodies act in response to certain situations but we can’t know how they feel. No one can tell you that you’re happy or sad or hurt; if you think you feel a certain way, then you do. Because we can’t ask a dog or a cat or a bird whether it feels pain, anger or love, we can only guess whether it does based on its similarities to humans.

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A chimp canada goose outlet new york city has a brain and body relatively like our own. So if it cuddles its baby when there’s no need for cheap Canada Goose warmth or protection, we can reasonably bet that it’s a sign canada goose outlet black friday of affection. An ant’s Canada Goose Parka brain is very different. If we saw what looked like nuzzling between a pair canada goose outlet uk sale of ants, it canada goose coats would be much less reasonable to make the same canada goose black friday sale assumption.

But just because we can’t understand the emotions that canada goose outlet online drive another animal, that doesn’t mean we can’t observe canada goose store striking similarities in the way they conduct their canada goose outlet uk Canada Goose sale affairs. Some species across the animal kingdom seem to be into long term relationships.

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Bald eagles also usually keep the same mates from season to season, and canada goose outlet in usa they’re known to touch beaks. Whether this display uk canada goose carries the same meaning as our own smooches is another question.

Prairie voles are goose outlet canada arguably the most romantic couples in the animal kingdom. These tiny rodents official canada goose outlet don’t just mate for life by sharing parenting duties and nesting together; when voles find «the one,» changes in brain chemistry prime them to keep the canada goose outlet reviews relationship going. Prairie voles canada goose uk outlet sometimes mate with new partners, canada goose outlet toronto factory but when it comes to huddling up and raising the canada goose jacket outlet kids, canada goose outlet online uk they are pair bonded for life.

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