Further Proof Animals Have Feelings

Not that I need any. I know I’m the last to post about this, but a recent study showed that rats would free a trapped cage mate, even when tempted away with chocolate, which apparently they love. On the page for the NPR story there’s a video, and you can see that the rat is clearly distressed that his friend is trapped and desperate to help.

SPOILER ALERT: he successfully frees his friend. I put that in because I got upset watching the video. The poor rat was so frantic, but he succeeds!

Of course now I’m reminded of all the experimentation we’ve done and are doing on these creatures, which just like us, are capable of love and caring and heroism.

More giant Christmas bulbs—WHICH COULD ATTACK AT ANY SECOND—up at Radio City. I have to get out and take a lot more Christmas pictures. I want to get up to the Met and the Frick. Maybe I’ll take a day off and walk uptown, taking pictures of Christmas sights along the way. Sigh. That sounds really nice.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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