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Do Wild Animals Emote Like Humans? What Is Anthropomorphism?

Do Wild Animals Emote Like Humans?
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No, wild animals do not emote or think like humans.

What Is Anthropomorphism?

It is the process of attributing intentions, emotions, or human behavior to non-human living beings. It is part of human psychology.

From Asian to Japanese to Roman, most cultures have fables that glorify anthropomorphized animals or creatures as characters.

Anthropomorphism Examples

Interestingly, people have attributed human personality traits to both domesticated and wild animals.

It was Walt Disney, the master of animation, who earned an enormous fortune by producing all sorts of animal cartoons that could emote like us. These characters  appealed  and provoked human senses of “excitement” and “fun.”

A few examples of classic disney characters that reflect anthropomorphism are Goofy and Pluto, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peter Rabbit, and so on.

Brian Griffin

He was an 8-year old White Labrador in the American animated television series “Family Guy.” He played as the merchandising icon in the series.

Brian first appeared in a 15-minute short film on 20 December, 1998. But, he has made several appearances in other shows such as “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” produced by MacFarlane.

Brian possesses several anthropomorphic qualities such as speaking, driving a car, and walking bipedally. His common phrase “Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?” became a recurring mantra for him.

Brian had a sharp intelligence and cultured background. He loved singing and was a fan of John Coltrane.

Having the fluency in French and Tagalog, he was competent in Spanish, too! He was also a member of MENSA. An avid writer, he had been invited once to write for “The New Yorker.”

But later, he was fired because he didn’t graduate from college. He also danced to the song “A bag of weed” in the film “420.”

Brian was well acclaimed by his fans and critics. When he was killed in the season 12 episode “Life of Brian”, fans showed negative reactions. So, Brian subsequently returned two episodes later in “Christmas guy.”

Daisy Duck

She is an anthropomorphic duck who first appeared in the 1940 short film “Mr. Duck Steps Out.”

The girlfriend of Donald Duck and the bestie of Minnie Mouse, she is a caring and loving personality. Though Daisy often scolds Donald over his anger issues, she encourages him to change ways for the better.

In the later years, Daisy’s personality became well matured, fun-loving, and affinity for shopping. Daisy also appeared in the television series such as “Quack Pack”, “Mickey Mouse’s Club House”, and so on.

Horace Horsecollar

Horace is an anthropomorphic horse, who first appeared as Mickey Mouse’s pet and companion in the cartoon “The Plowboy.” He is a kind, helping, and heroic personality.

Horace enjoys outdoor activities and likes to solve mysteries with Mickey Mouse.

He will be the first to attack an enemy and ask questions later. This lead Horace and his friends to get into trouble most of the time.

Horace did a cameo appearance in the films “Who framed Roger Rabbit” and “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.” Later, he did a major role in the 2013 short film “Get A Horse!”

Old Major

The phenomenal work of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” reached millions of people. In the book, he reflected the communist state and human characters in relation.

Most of the characters are portrayed by animals. A notable character among them is an old Major, a wise pig.

He was the first major character described by George Orwell. A kind pig, he inspired the rebellion with his rhetorical skill. His speech about the tyranny of man is notable in the book.

He died three days after delivered the speech and the animals worked immediately to bring the Rebellion.

Old major’s principles were similar to that of the revolutionists “Karl Marx” and “Vladimir Lenin.” Specifically, the old major’s skull being put for public display recalled Lenin.

Sue Allen

She is an anthropomorphic cat in tan complexion with curly orange hair pigtails. Sue first appeared in the book named “Arthur’s Valentine.” In some of the later books of Arthur, Sue’s hair color had changed from blonde to yellow-orange.

She was an assertive, brave, proactive, kind, tomboyish, and honest cat. An amazing storyteller, she is an open-minded, easy to get along cat, and can solve problems on her own.

She is very mature and her interest in world culture made her to get friends older than her, such as Betsy Johnson.

Sue is a 3rd grader in Mr. Ratburn’s class at Lakewood Elementary school. She was also the defender of Lakewood Soccer Team.

Many fairy tales and fables also feature anthropomorphism. For example, think of Aesop’s fable about the “Tortoise and the Hare.”

Walt Disney And Animals

In general, humans have a unique sense of what’s funny and cute which the animal kingdom does not have in common. Black bears appear lovable and cute and some people might leave human food to attract them.

Unfortunately, people should understand that bears are not what you see in Winnie the Pooh. It clearly shows that Walt Disney’s portrayal is a fun-filled representation.

These characterizations create a bad representation of what animals are. Real wild-animals are fuelled by non-human traits. All those of you who think a wild animal bestowed some favor, it’s actually an accident because they are concerned more about their survival than above anything else.

The wild animals are not created to make humans laugh or act compassionately. Disney’s portrayal is a massive imagination far removed from reality.

Yet so many people believe in different age groups, maybe unconsciously, that animals have human personalities.

It is a sad mistake to believe animals can identify our emotions or think as we do.

In the forest, they are constantly in a tussle between survival and struggle, from which we humans are fairly exempted, because of evolutionary tactics.

When we are pulled to a wild animal because of its behavior, we travel with that thought because it satisfies our senses of what’s like to be homo sapiens or humans.

And the best thing we can do to help them is to mind our own business and do not disturb them in their surroundings.


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