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Offline mdigweed

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Do animals get embarassed
« on: 14/02/2006 15:35:52 »
if so how do we know?

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #1 on: 14/02/2006 17:38:10 »
I don't think so. Unless it can be proven that animals can experience an emotion akin to them realising that an unacceptable action has been witnessed or discovered.

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #2 on: 14/02/2006 20:55:42 »
Some aquarium fish and monkeys can turn red.
 

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #3 on: 14/02/2006 21:05:25 »
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Originally posted by DocN

Some aquarium fish and monkeys can turn red.



Is that because they have been playing with red paint ?:) I've known some very naughty monkeys and fish !!

Seriously though, is their turning red attributable to embarrassment ?

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #4 on: 15/02/2006 21:19:10 »
i know dogs can feel shame my old dog scamp used to refuse to make eye contact and would lower his head after particularly bad farts

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #5 on: 22/02/2006 22:43:09 »
My dog definitely expresses embarrassment (or maybe it's just guilt - I suppose the two emotions are linked, like they're flip sides of the same coin).  If I walk into the garage and he skulks off in an embarrassed shuffle, I know (without having to check for myself) that he's been chewing my wellies again or nicking dirty washing (from the dirty washing pile beside the washing machine).
 

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #6 on: 23/02/2006 01:52:17 »
my neighbours dog cowers if you watch her while shes relieving herself, its quite funny to see... definatly a look of embarassment.

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Re: Do animals get embarassed
« Reply #7 on: 23/02/2006 03:34:00 »
As a firm believer in empirical study I took a photogrph of two cats ' doing it ' and then showed it to them.....they did not seem embarassed !

Seems dogs are bothered and cats are not !

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