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Old 06-25-2013, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Grab your Kleenex, folks.

The New York Daily News has pointed to this sad but fascinating video of a dog meticulously burying the body of a dead puppy. Using its snout, the dog pushes sand over the lifeless body of the puppy in an apparent act of mourning.



Read more: Dog buries puppy in apparent act of mourning [VIDEO] - UPI.com
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:05 PM
 
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well that's odd as I JUST watched this very same video that my aunt in Sweden sent to me today.

The sound that came with her video said it was a little pig.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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That's a pig. That dog isn't in mourning. He buried a "bone."
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:13 AM
 
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Another assignation of human behavior to dogs? Yeah. I never watch these videos.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I agree it is not a puppy but i do think dogs can mourn- They might not bury but they definitely show grief, love, happiness and joy. Surely you believe that is possible? What about the stories of dogs returning to graves day after day, to trains waiting for a owner who will never come back, to dogs rescuing a friend from the high way (surely you've seen that video) to dogs joyous when an owner returns from long absence?
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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I didn't say it's not possible for dogs to mourn.

I said THIS video was not depicting a dog that was mourning. It depicts a dog burying a bone. That's it.

The dog did not lie down on the grave afterwards. It just buried a meal for later and left.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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I agree it is not a puppy but i do think dogs can mourn- They might not bury but they definitely show grief, love, happiness and joy. Surely you believe that is possible? What about the stories of dogs returning to graves day after day, to trains waiting for a owner who will never come back, to dogs rescuing a friend from the high way (surely you've seen that video) to dogs joyous when an owner returns from long absence?
Oh yes, absolutely, I do believe dogs mourn. In fact, I've been watching Karma mourn for the past week. DH went overseas, the first long trip since Karma has been our girl. She has shown real signs of sadness, then grudging acceptance. When he returns on Sunday (for a week before leaving again!), she will go ballistic with joy. I think Teddy is still too much of a baby to get that invested.

But the burying ritual tied to mourning. Uh-uh, not buying that.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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But the burying ritual tied to mourning. Uh-uh, not buying that.
I agree. Even if it WAS a puppy the dog was burying, I don't think she was burying it because she was mourning it.
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