/ 17 June 2024

Inside Fido’s mind


Many pet lovers assume their animals are conscious – that is, they have thoughts and feelings. Now new scientific research supports the idea which actually dates as far back as renowned evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, but had been pooh poohed. It all started with some bees in London that scientists observed rolling wooden balls around for fun. Then animal experts from other fields got involved with several sea creatures also displaying conscious behaviours. That includes octopuses avoiding pain and even fruit flies having trouble sleeping when they feel lonely. None of that is conclusive proof, but experts say it’s enough to suggest “a realistic possibility” that animals are conscious beings. The way our pooch rolls his eyes at us when we do something irritating proves it as far as we’re concerned… 

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