Home Videos Photos
PerezHilton CocoPerez Bruce Jenner Kim K. Boobs PerezTV Contact Perez

Do Animals Commit Suicide?

| Filed under: Sad SadHealth

beached-whales-are-beached.jpg

A pod of 61 whales recently beached themselves in New Zealand.

Every time something like this happens, the question arises… do animals commit suicide?

We know that animals can display self-destructive behavior, but do they have the higher cognitive abilities, the self-awareness to decide to end their lives and have some sort of an understanding of the repercussions?

Dolphins, some apes, magpies and elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror, which would suggest self-awareness.

There are stories of a depressed Newfoundland dog who repeatedly let into water, kept his limbs still, and would hold his head under water for minutes at a time.

So sad.

Other dogs have drowned or starved themselves after their owners died. A duck even drowned itself after the death of its mate.

But are these considered suicide? Similar to how a human can contemplate and understand one's own mortality?

Many creatures, like bees and naked mole rats, will leave their colony and go off to die alone whenever they get a disease they could pass along to the colony.

All we know is, there's always an alternative to suicide.

If U ever even consider suicide as an option, we PROMISE it gets better! Call 1-800-784-2433

[Image via AP Images.]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Email this  »
All The Times Zayn Had Trouble Adjusting To The Spotlight!
Celebrities Against Vaccines!
10 Celebrities Who Were Behind The Wheel In Deadly Car Crashes
It's Lauren Conrad's Birthday And She Can Cry If She Wants To!
15 Male Celebrities Who Have Gone Under The Knife!
These Celeb Bodies Will Be Your Fitspiration For 2015

Comments are closed.