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Are they really so different from us after all? We like to think of ourselves as very different from the rest of the animal kingdom. Here are 5 behaviors that we share with furry or feathered beasts.

They Have Monogamous Relationships

The Lar Gibbon is one of the only primate species that seems to stick with their partner for most of their 35-40 year lives. Males and females form strong bonds, raise close-knit families, co-parent fairly equitably, groom each other and spend most of their time together. Like us they do get caught up in love triangles and get their hearts broken over love gone wrong.

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Other animals known to mate monogamously are swans, wolves, skinks, barn owls, beavers and bald eagles.

They Talk

Parrots, some songbirds, beluga whales, elephants, seals, bats and dolphins are able to learn new vocalizations in their lifetimes. These animals, like us, have a region of the forebrain that allows them to create learned sounds using their vocal tracts. Surprisingly, despite their genetic similarity to humans, great apes do not seem to be able to mimic human sounds.


They Use Tools

Sure it may not be an iPad or a scalpel, but animals definitely use devices. For a long while we believed we were the only animals to use tools. The great apes, crows, ravens, dolphins, elephants, otters and octopuses are known to use items in their surroundings to help them achieve their goals.

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They Paint

Elephants are equipped with agile trunks that allow them to paint with great care.

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Decorate Their Homes

The Bower Bird create elaborate nests with brightly colored palettes to attract the attention of potential mates. The more ornamented and dramatic the nest is, the more likely the male is to entice a female.

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