Chimps Show Advanced Awareness About Death

chimp mothers mourn dead babiesChimp mothers carry dead babies for weeks and longerGreenTracker| Researchers observing champanzees see a strong awareness of death and what might be called an advanced consciousness around dying in chimp behavior. James Anderson of the University of Stirling UK publishes two new studies that offer rare glimpses into how chimpanzees deal with dying babies and an older female living in a UK safari park.

Chimp behavior is anything but aloof or short-lived on the occasion of the death of a group member. The bond between mothers and dead children sheds important insights into the trauma experienced by parents — and perhaps even moreso the mother — over the loss of a child. Read on in Science Daily