5.25.2009

Animals can tell right from wrong

·Animals possess a sense of morality that allows them to tell the difference between right and wrong, according to a controversial new book
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/5373379/Animals-can-tell-right-from-wrong.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01409/whale_calf_1409270c.jpg
Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.
Until recently, humans were thought to be the only species to experience complex emotions and have a sense of morality.
But Prof Marc Bekoff, an ecologist at University of Colorado, Boulder, believes that morals are "hard-wired" into the brains of all mammals and provide the "social glue" that allow often aggressive and competitive animals to live together in groups.
He has compiled evidence from around the world that shows how different species of animals appear to have an innate sense of fairness, display empathy and help other animals that are in distress.
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[And, on a similar note...]
Thousands of bees trap employees inside New York store
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/24/new-york-bees-swarm-store
A New York shop had to be closed for hours with its employees trapped inside after it was surrounded by a swarm of bees. According to US TV station WABC, thousands of bees clustered around the shop on Saturday afternoon. A sign in the window read: "Look! … closed due to bee infestation." Most passers-by avoided the GameStop store near Union Square, one of the city's busiest shopping areas. A man dressed in normal clothing managed to lure many of the bees into a box before a bee specialist arrived and used the scent of a queen bee to collect the remainder. The bees were taken to hives upstate.
[Source: guardian.co.uk]
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