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British Animal Hero's - last nights TV


wiz-king
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Was spoilt for me by too many adverts and a presenter whose sycophantic manner grated on my nerves. About 30 minuets of interesting program padded to 2hrs. Anyone else find it that bad?

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"Regarding animals as heroes is like calling cats cruel or sharks merciless."

Precisely - animals don't have any understanding of consequences, so they're not capable of being heroic. Human beings can foresee consequences and yet overcome their basic instinct for self-preservation and deliberately put themselves in danger to help others. Animals might appear to do the same thing, but it's an illusion.

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carver

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F.E Are you telling me that this enter link description here is not true or that even Champion the Wonder Horse is made up enter link description here.

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carver

Skippy and Champion were obviously exceptions to the rule.

Now eat up your cornflakes.

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rdave13

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If animals appear to do the same thing, Films not included, then why does a dog stay by his master's grave and pine? I think you have a low esteem to animals' intelligence FE.

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morddwyd

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"why does a dog stay by his master's grave and pine? "

For the same reason wolves howl and pine when the leader dies.

They are pack animals acknowledging an alpha pack leader, in a dog's case the human.

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rdave13

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morddwyd , correct as usual. Why do they do it even if the master is human? A different species? That's not ingrained in their DNA suerly?

Instinct after thousands of years? Possibly. Intelligence? Nah. We humans only have that gift... of some sorts.

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fourm member

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rdave13

It certainly is not intelligence.

A dog bonding to its human owner is just like a duck chick being brought up by a chicken or extra lambs or piglets being fostered by other mothers.

A dog returning to its owners grave is showing a lack of intelligence because it doesn't have the sense to know the owner won't be there.

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