– Frans de Waal
Most people probably think humans are very different from animals. Yet we don’t have a single organ that other animals don’t also have, and according to noted primatologist Frans de Waal, that is also true for emotions.
Mama’s Last Hug is a groundbreaking and entertaining book, and it will open your eyes to what it means to be a human animal. The books draws on decades spent studying the social and emotional lives of animals, and presents a wealth of new findings and personal encounters with chimps, bonobos and many other species.
An excerpt from the book:
You can for instance read about the moving farewell between Mama, a dying chimpanzee matriarch, and her human friend. At the heart of the book, de Waal posits a shared, complex emotional framework observable across species. Mama’s Last Hug illustrates how profoundly we have underestimated animals’ emotional experiences.