Love, animal- like

love in animals

So potent is a single drop of the magical potion served as the dunken elixir of love that leaves every soul upon which it falls drenched with a realisation unparalleled indeed in the all engulfing experience of what it unravels as. Surreal is the distinctive description oft accorded to love and while this basis of all things supposedly hunky and dory is as real as can be, it still is an element of fascination that has kept hearts beating and lives sustaining and souls singing all through the time of existence of the universe. Romantic love indeed is the more prominent assertion in this anticipation of fantasy but love in some form and kind still rules the roost in pretty much every aspect of what characterise as the living.

The human potential in supreme proclaiming of their desires and feelings and experiences has meant that love is mostly a fore for the homosapiens to have claim over. But so universal is this recognition of the feeling realised in the deepest core of the heart that does not just limit it to us superior creatures of the earth. Love is also as appealing and exciting and novel a truth the bliss of which caters to all animals and plants and insects and vertebrates and invertebrates alike, only that we humans do not care much about its deciphering in such identity as we do of our own.

This record in obliviousness though does not resonate with the universal nature of being and catering in all impartiality to every single individual of the many species that have it in them to feel this emotion of the world as their home in ownness. That is to say, animals, even in their occurring outside the identity of the social in which humans dwell so prolifically, feel for themselves this ultimate emotion of what has been always exalted as love and indeed in different awarenesses of this composite makeup of immense beauty. Of course that our furry friends love us and avail of the same as well in reciprocation is a realisation in contentment long established. But to come to terms with the idea that these four legged creatures too harbour a spot within their hearts as soft as can be is a knowledge that we perhaps do not consider so realistically.

monkeys-in-love
Source: Best Life

Of course our existence in the bliss of ignorance does little to unsettle this truth of all empirical claims that much like humans, dogs and cats and by extension all animals too feel for themselves the dawning of the love emotion in almost the same basis as us. That they do not have the language to relay that assertion of love to their human friends is what hampers indeed our realisation of them being existences in as much heartfeltness as well. Within their own kind however and even across the many identities of their species, animals do indeed tend to be as fluent in delivering the love feels and euphoria to their beloved as do we humans in our devising of a numerous means and modes of articulation.

Whether the love that animals feel is akin to the passionate, romantic notion that we humans regard in so much spectacularity is not very sure an inference to settle upon. But the fact that they indeed are as capable of feeling love as much as us is a reality most definitely eked out. And while the exact measure of the flutters and heaves that the heart experiences as an entailing of the love emotion might not be accessible to say with certainty of the definite sparks doing the rounds within the animal being, the established evidence of the oxytocin hormone governing also all happenings of them is proof enough in deducing the unbiased indeed effect stirred by the love leaning.

This ruling of the oxytocin charm in its famed identity as the love hormone is what rules out any scepticism of animal kind being indeed harbouring of the loving mechanism. To be more specific and concentrating upon the one celebrated as (hu)man’s best friend since and for ever, the love feeling tends to be a whole more identical to our own experience. Because much like the human body that sees an upheaval in its behavior of hormones and chemicals during the love assertions even in its most emotional bearing, dogs too exhibit almost the same set of characteristic in such situations. The ‘genre’ of love that animals feel though is more likely to be fostered as a version in attachment than one in deep passion, whether that be directed to others of their kind or displayed instead for the hooman they assuredly own.

And yet even in that existence of the scope in doubt as to whether animals and birds or just about everyone outside the human supremacy feels indeed a love of the romantic kind, the reality is rather well inscribed in fact. Consider for instance that term of so much endearingness, that human couples in love are often ascribed to, as being lovebirds springing very evidently from the innate nature of a particular genus of the feathered beings that establishes in definiteness the non human ruling over the range of what is very definitely love.

For all this reasoning in belief though, it again is not *just* the titillations of romance that animals experience within their capacity as emotive beings. Indeed, much like the earth’s two legged dwellers, its movers on all fours too experience love in different types of the caring and nurturing, the friendly and filial, the platonic and non sexual, the emotional and affectionate no very different from the typical human specifications.

This explains why your pet might get a bit too excited when spotting another canine or feline randomly encountered at the park, a trait it might not always and obviously further in such glaring evidence of the emotions running high. And while that might be a facet of animal love most frequent in its observance by human folks, they also tend to be as much ‘human’ in other explorations on the love spectrum.

Attachment of course is another rather known display of the love character even as assertions of commitment and dedication unfurling through a range of different expressions continue to dominate the love charts. Which sets the premise therefore for a not so surprising revelation to follow- that animals indeed have been known to be in long term, stable ‘relationships’ that some of them continue to make the effort in keeping it going even after the object of their affection has succumbed to that universal again adage of death doing them apart.

The validation of animals being as open to the romantic aspect of love would strike as more realistic if one chooses to consider the essence of it in the evolutionary basis of existence. While love of the romantic kind is not exclusively neither needs to be obviously a ploy in procreation and reproduction, it still is love of the romantic assertion that holds the key to this thriving of species.

Love might not be the most essential or even an essential enough factor in this regard but it is along this line in arousal of the feels that life finds a way for its sustenance. Another factor physical almost or physiological rather relates to the certain hormones and chemicals and neurotransmitters that are but innate features of the animal body- human or otherwise and that which furthers the awareness of love in their very identity alluding to this experience of the particular emotion in some form of it or the other.

Of no any less consequence would be also the mental and/ or emotional makeup of individuals of the animal species that lead them to crave, much like us, that universally gratifying and comforting and fulfilling desire in being cared for or in coveting the attention of the caressing kind or in togetherness merely as something enriching indeed the entire experience in living. Not the same though could be said about the nature of love itself as being a substantial factor in inducing feelings for it in non human individuals.

Love itself is vague though the actual realisation of it might be as sure as possible and that is what bathes love in a shade of somewhat mystery at least in its perceiving by the human imagination that knows not indeed any bounds. But whether or not animals too harbour that same intriguing impression of the love identity is hard to tell in our limiting by the vocabulary of a language exclusively human which makes it impossible to decipher if the rosiness of love is what can drive animals to it in the first place.

This brings us to another crossroads in dealing with this question as to whether animals experience love in almost similar ways that we do. As something intangible indeed in its being and realisable only through displays of gesture and doings in a natural stemming out of it or most prominently in the worded presentation of it even when that itself carries the possibility of not being an entirely honest account as well, it would be hard to decipher if animals even feel any of that love in what we are assuming that they most probably do. That they feel and display the same love for us would be but only an equally likely- or unlikely- assumption as well, given how we gauge their behavior in terms of our own ignorant of whether they are approving of that technique in deducing.

But again, isn’t it this vagueness of love indeed that makes it even more enigmatic a reality than the fantastical fantasy that it is, at least as per the human scheme of its awareness? Seems like our two legged standing on the premise of the infamously erroneous human judgement is what drives also our lovely derivations upon the emotional status of our four legged friends. Only that as long as it is of the kind that furthers the very idea of love, even as just an ideal proposition one wants to live through as their version of reality, this logical fallacy in logic and reasoning should not be too preposterous a prospect to shun in all the unrequitedness of it.