Turns out, math is not uniquely human. In fact, much of what is so important in our human lives--memories, emotions, relationships, the daily experience of making plans and solving problems--is not uncommon with chimpanzees, dolphins, crows and even songbirds, fish and insects. But MATH? Yup. Monkeys display an impressive knack for split-second addition tasks and chimpanzees have performed better than some college students on certain basic tests, including remembering the order of numbers that flashed briefly on a screen. Many animals, including honeybees and chickens, can count to about four and researchers studying fish have suggested that all vertebrates share a common nonverbal numerical system.
Math aside, studies are now showing that animals have a sense of morality and empathy. One of our favorite companion animals, the domestic dog, have an innate sense of fairness, hinting, perhaps that dogs and other animals are feeling, sentient creatures with a sense of right and wrong.
Regardless of what science says, what we do know for certain is that our pets possess an unconditional love and loyalty for their owners and it comes down to us to provide them with the quality of life they deserve!
- Contributing Editor MG 🐾