It's easy to forget that we aren't the only sentient beings on this planet, possibly even in this universe. After all, with work, bills, and side work being the norm for the overwhelming majority of us to forget that nearly every living life form we interact with has feels as well. Love, fear, anger, spite, you name it. You can see it easily in neighborhood strays. They know who to run from, who to hiss, and who to sheepishly walk towards when it's too cold outside and their natural food supply has run dry. If you've ever seen the neighborhood cat give birth, you know that they'll be extremely aggressive and protective up until birth when she's most vulnerable, and if you help her bring her new kitties into the world, she will forever be grateful to you. You might even be able to pet one of the newborns without getting clawed, though I wouldn't suggest you test your luck if you haven't made your move shortly after they were born.
You see plenty of videos online of pets exploding with joy when they're reunited with their siblings or parents years after they've been separated. It's easy to be moved to tears, but sometimes the interactions they have with one another are so jaw dropping that it gives you a new appreciation for life that isn't human.
If you've ever had a dog as a pet, then you've probably experienced that shower of affection they throw on you when you come back home from work or a long trip.
They're so excited to see you that you start to wonder why in the heck human beings can't be capable of the same ebullient, overflowing love that puppers just can't seem to contain.
Now you might go and think that this is a trait peculiar to dogs, but it seems like unabashed displays of affection is something that is pretty darn common in the animal kingdom.
Like these elephants who gave a rescued baby elephant a beautiful, welcoming embrace.
The touching video was posted by the Save the Elephants Foundation to showcase just how empathetic elephants are - and it's probably hard to find a better example than this.
Scientists have found that elephants possess high levels of emotional intelligence.
The gentle giants aren't just highly protective of their own close-knit groups; they're also known to have "funerals" for their dead. So if you thought that human beings had a monopoly on complex forms of affection, well, you're wrong. Because elephants totally have us beat.