Grieving animals

book cover image How Animals Grieve

We saw it when Bambi lost his mother.  Every child that has ever watched that movie knew Bambi's pain was real.  You could not have told them animals don't grieve.  Yet for many years we have been warned not to attribute human emotions to animals. Even when we grew up and saw our own pets grieving for their lost mates and friends (across species even) the skeptics said it isn't so.   Finally, in How Animals Grieve anthropologist Barbara J. King documents case after case of grieving by domestic and wild animals.  King's analysis is far reaching, careful and thoughtful.  She brings us closer to the animals with whom we share this planet by allowing us to recognize this very powerful emotion in all living creatures.  If you believe in the interconnectedness of life, and even if you don't, this is a moving and powerful book. Don't miss it.