Book Name: Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
Author: Frans de Waal
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
File size: 32 MB
File format: PDF
New York Timesbest-selling writer and primatologist Frans de Waal investigates the fascinating world of human and animal emotions.Frans de Waal has spent four decades in the forefront of animal study. , which researched animal intellect,Mama’s Last Hugdelivers an intriguing exploration of this rich emotional lives of animals.Mama’s Last Hugbegins using the passing of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of seeing her in her nighttime cage to get a final hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and moved viral. Countless people were profoundly moved by how Mama adopted the professor, inviting him with a large grin when reassuring him by tapping his throat, in a gesture frequently considered typically person but that’s actually common to all primates. This story and many others like this form the heart of de Waal’s argument, demonstrating that people aren’t the only species with the potential for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, happiness, disgust, and empathy.De Waal discusses facial expressions, and the emotions supporting human politics, the illusion of free will, animal sentience, and, obviously, Mama’s death and life. The concept is one of continuity between us and other species, like the radical suggestion that emotions are like dinosaurs: we do not possess one organ that other creatures do not have, and exactly the Exact Same goes for our emotions.Mama’s Final Hugopens our minds and hearts to the numerous ways in which people and other creatures are linked, changing how we see the living world about us.