Do Animals Mourn Their Dead?

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies September newsletter references a fascinating study of  Western scrub jays’ reaction to a deceased bird of their own kind.

“A recent study looked at the behavior of Western scrub jays, who apparently summon other jays to screech over their dead, holding these noisy “funerals” for up to 30 minutes. There have been many reports of other animals, including elephants, chimpanzees, and crows responding to the dead of their species, but few experimental studies.”

I appreciate the connection that Executive Director Susan Mokelke makes between animal behavior, the shamanic perspective, and our shared ability to experience relationships with one another, in this case, to note the passing of our fellow beings.

Read about the study

Wishing you a peaceful heart,

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