Monday, 01 November 2010
I was thinking about this the other day, and I think that animals definitely do commit suicide. I always hear stories of pets that die shortly after their master does through starvation and whatnot. I watched a documentary in Anthropology on Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees, and one chimpanzee starved himself to death out of depression after his mother passed away. He wouldn't leave her body for days. My boyfriend says that only self-aware animals can commit suicide, like primates and dolphins. I don't know if I agree with that.
Take for example, my cat Sam. I used to have a cat named O'Malley when I was a child, and he grew very close to Sam. They fought like siblings, but would sleep together at night. Their rambunctious ways caused my parents one too many headaches, but they were loved dearly. Sadly, O'Malley had to be put to sleep after becoming very sick. After his death, Sam changed. My parents remember him crying and being very moody. Later, we ended up with three more cats (and a Chihuahua). Sam has never shown interest in any of the other cats, and O'Malley's death was over ten years ago. He's quite the loner.
Say what you want, but I firmly believe my cat was depressed and knew his brother was gone. He didn't commit suicide, but depression is one of the causes of suicide. And I don't think cats are considered self-aware animals.
Do you think animals are capable of committing suicide? If so, is it only self-aware ones that do? Do you think there will be animals in heaven?