Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Ode To Animal Joy!

By Cindy Bishop on 06/02/2009
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puppy-playNothing can pull my attention away from what I’m supposed to be doing better than a cute animal video. You know the videos I’m talking about. Big scary bears with the itty bitty Chihuahuas. Housecats walking around with a parrot along for the ride. Monkeys and, well, just about anything (apparently not so discriminating). Unlikely pairings simply loving life, happy as clams.

New studies suggest that animals do, in fact, love to have fun just because it feels good. They know how to create intrinsic joy within their environment, and with each other – even in the most unlikely places.  Of course, we animal lovers out there suspected this all along.

Findings published in the latest Applied Animal Behavior Science hold moral significance, argues author Jonathan Balcombe. He believes scientists, conservationists and other animal rights activists should not overlook animal joy.

Read more about why animals just wanna have fun, and why we might want to look to our animal friends for advice once and a while!

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  • Marsha says:

    Loved this quote from the news article on this: “I doubt that a monkey thinks, ‘If I eat this fig it will sustain me,’ but rather, ‘Ooh, yummy, a delicious fig!’” added Balcombe….”

    And this one, “Studies on other animals indicate some foods, independent of their nutrition levels, cause animals to release pleasure-producing opioids in their bodies. ” I always say there’s much more to good nutrition than we realize!

  • Cindy says:

    Yummy figs! That’s the blurp I shared with a friend of mine when I was researching this post. I also loved that some animals will choose more appealing, green leafy vegetation rather than ‘chow’. Even animals have esthetic taste. All part and parcel of creating the happy.

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