From: BBC

Why Do We Love Our Pets So Much?


When four chimpanzees captured a young blue duiker to play with, you might at first believe they wanted to keep it as a pet.

They tumbled about with it but in the end it went badly for the antelope. Their playful behaviour was too rough and ended in its death. The chimpanzees continued to play with the corpse for another 30 minutes.

This was a special case. The duiker was not a “pet” in the sense as we know it. Animals do not keep pets; you won’t see a chimpanzee taking a dog for a walk or an elephant keeping a tortoise for company.

Making an animal part of the family seems to be something only humans do. The question is, why?

Read the whole story: BBC

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