These Stories Show That—From Elephants to Iguanas—Animals Can Mourn

Published by PETA.

If there were ever any doubt that animals form strong bonds with each other and mourn the loss of one of their own, look no further than these stories. From cows to dogs to lizards, all animals have a complex emotional life:

Grieving Mother Monkey Carries, Grooms Her Stillborn Baby for 10 Days

Mourning Elephants Carry Dead Baby in Funeral Procession


Grieving Orca Mom Carries Her Dead Calf Through the Ocean for Over a Week

Dog Stands by Friend’s Side Through Rain and Busy Traffic

Iguana Won’t Leave Companion on Street

Penguins Mourn Death of Baby

Squirrel Guards Friend

Dog Lays Head on Companion, Refuses to Leave

Mourning Donkeys Cry Out


There are thousands of videos like these online, and many have been viewed millions of times, captivating the Internet and garnering emotional responses from viewers. Though animals may mourn in different ways, one thing is clear: They feel loss very deeply.

When animals are used for food, clothing, experiments, or entertainment, families are torn apart, and animals undoubtedly mourn the loss very deeply.

If you are among the millions affected by these powerful videos, you can help animals every day by making the compassionate decision to switch to a vegan lifestyle, which saves more than 100 animals’ lives every year.

The good news? Animals can also feel very, very happy:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind