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    Default you guys think mice feel emotions?

    Today I was doing a job for my dad ripping down some sheetrock. There was a mouse family in part of it. The babies were scrambling to their mother riding on her back as she fled. One of the dogs killed 2 of the babies.

    My dad and my friend just laughed, I kinda laughed too. I know they won't think twice about it, but it makes me sad. I've always had a big heart for animals (often too big) and now I'm sad.

    Besides fear, do you guys think mice have the capacity to feel and mourn the loss of a sibling or child? I know people set traps and exterminate mice, but to me they aren't really pests that much. :?

    I dunno. All I know is I feel sad

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    There are animals (mammals at least) that get depressed whenever one of their family dies. So yea, I guess mice feel emotions beyond fear.


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    Haha I know its my hippie heart and I'm being dumb but I genuinely felt bad for a while. It's probably because dinsey has personified all animals to me when I was young :P

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    Say one of your dogs is female. And let's say she end up having babies.

    Then your dad kills one of the babies.

    I'm fairly certain your dog would not be too happy about that.

    In parallel, I can't imagine why you would think mice would enjoy having their children killed. Indifference is one thing, but laughing about it is just screwed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oisterboy View Post
    Haha I know its my hippie heart and I'm being dumb but I genuinely felt bad for a while. It's probably because dinsey has personified all animals to me when I was young :P
    I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of being upset over a baby mice dying. I feed the squirrels around my house (put out a box of peanuts) and they have become very friendly, to the point they take from your hand and we've even named some of them, and it's always upsetting to see one die by whatever means.

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    *takes his hand off the mouse for a sec and stares at it*

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    Sorry to disapoint you but mice don't fell mourn in theyr spicies it's survival of the fitest and if it's nesesery the mother would eat her children to survive thats why they give birth to many babyes so at least some will survive they do however fell emotions other tham fear and self preservation instincts when it comes down to it they can't remember anyting from 2 days ago so don't kill yourself becouse you laughed after all your laughter was your self preservation instinct(you wanted to be a part of the group)and your dog killed the mouse becouse of its instincts(mice carry desisses and can often poson the food from wich they eat Dogs can smell that and the eating of the mouse is sort of like theyre vacsine agaitst those desisses)
    So yeah it's a mest up world and I think you'll probablly morn those babys more than the mother coz of your in-build moral system(and the fact that you can't forget everyting in 2 days)I don't think it's a bad thing but don't be too hard on yourself

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    There's no way to know for sure, but they certainly exhibit behavior that seems to be affected by neurological states that are possibly experienced in a way that is similar to our emotional states.


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    Haha xeno when you say it like that I don't feel as bad. :P

    And thanks at the above poster, you brought up some good points. That's what I was wondering, about if they eat their babies sometimes or not haha.

    And as for the laughing, I wasn't so much laughing about the actual death, more about the dogs reaction time. We didn't make a sound and he was on it so fast from like 3 rooms over with no hesitation. As soon as that mouse fell out, he busted in ready to get it haha. Before we could even say "no" he was done. He was like a killing machine lol.

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    For me, it's nice to think they have emotions because I also am a huge lover of animals. I hate seeing them die, even reading about stories like this one can get me sad. But the ones that really tug at the heart are the ones of a dog's loyalty. Like that one where a dog's owner was drunk and passed out on train tracks ( he was suicidal ), and the dog was trying to pull him off the tracks and instead the dog dies by the train and the owner was just injured.
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