Do Animals Have Feelings? Baby Elephant Cries For 5 Hours After Mother Rejects Him

“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth.”  – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson hit the nail on the head. Us human beings can do so much better when it comes to empathizing with other human beings and maybe especially with animals. Many animals are used as a tool for the convenience of humans or even for entertainment purposes. This is often justified because some claim that animals do not have feelings or thoughts as we do and that they don’t perceive the world in the same way.

This baby elephant proves that those statements are wrong and untruthful.

When baby Zhuangzhuang was born, his mother rejected him. Right after he was born, his mother almost stamped him to death, causing a great shock with the elephants’ caretakers. At first, they thought it must’ve been an unfortunate accident, but when the baby’s wounds were treated and he was brought back to his mother, she attacked him once again.

After realizing that the mother had rejected the baby, the caretakers removed the baby permanently. Despite comforting the poor little elephant, he cried for 5 hours. 

Luckily, the calf showed resilience after some time of grief and is now leading a happy, vibrant life. 


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