Barbara J. King | University of Chicago Press, 2013 | Book
King sets out her definition of grief in animals, explains through colorful stories the scientific and case-study evidence for grief in species ranging from elephants to dogs, and links the presence of animal grief to love.
James R. Anderson, Paul Pettitt and Dora Biro | Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 2018 | Article
A collection of papers that takes a sweeping look at how organisms (human and non-human) deal, and have in the past dealt with, death, including emotionally and ritually.
Carl Safina | Picado, 2016 | Book
How do we know that elephants, wolves, and orcas think and feel as they go about their daily lives? Safina’s fascinating in-the-field observations of these charismatic mammals provide a clear answer.
Jan A R A M van Hooff | YouTube, 2016 | Watch
This clip went viral, and it’s clear to see why: it movingly shows an elderly, dying chimpanzee’s emotions when she rouses herself and recognizes an old friend who visits.
Frans de Waal | W. W. Norton & Company, 2019 | Book
An expanded account of Mama the chimpanzee’s deathbed goodbye by a well-known ethologist. De Waal offers stories of emotions expressed by monkeys, rats, birds, and more. We humans aren’t as unique as we like to think!
Barbara J. King | University of Chicago Press, 2017 | Book
As she does in her talk, King links recognition of how animals think and feel to how we treat them. With a focus on smart and engaging pigs, chickens, goats, cows, fish and her eternal favorite the octopus, King dives into the inner lives of animals that are often dismissed as only “food animals.”
Isa Leshko | University of Chicago Press, 2019 | Book
Leshko spends time with and photographs elderly farm animals like chickens, horses, sheep, goats and cows. Each is named, and his or her unique personality described. These up-close glimpses of old animals are powerfully moving, especially because Leshko conveys the enormity of why these animals so rarely do reach an old age.