Animals Can Fall In Love: Study
That's what one heartwarming study suggests
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2014 10:25 AM CDT
   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – In quite possibly the most awww-inspiring experiment ever conducted, researchers found that animals can love, just like humans. Paul Zak writes about a series of studies in which he was involved in the Atlantic, all of them revolving around oxytocin, the "neurochemical of love" that's released when humans engage in any number of activities from bonding with their children to having sex to, yes, interacting with animals. But Zak was interested in seeing whether animals, too, saw an increase in oxytocin production during certain interactions.

He went to an animal refuge in Arkansas, where a young male terrier and a young male goat regularly enjoyed playing with one another. Blood samples were taken from both animals, before and after 15 minutes of play. Zak found that after playing together, the dog's oxytocin increased 48%—meaning that, as Zak puts it, "the dog was quite attached to the goat," and thought of him as a "friend." But the goat's oxytocin increased an incredible 210%, showing that "the goat might have been in love with the dog," Zak says, as that's what an equivalent surge in a human would likely mean. Click for his full article.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Animals Can Fall In Love is...
5%
15%
1%
75%
1%
3%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 53 comments
rickydarlin
Apr 29, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
why aren't researchers working on stuff like cancer, and ,dumbacrats
Naoma Foreman
Apr 29, 2014 4:11 PM CDT
If animals are so "loving" why are pit bulls always attacking children? Just asking. I really believe LOVE is a human emotion and animals have no concept of LOVE. If you FEED them it may look like love, but they are just hungry. Dispute this if you wish. Just an opinion.
justreading1
Apr 28, 2014 11:32 AM CDT
I did not need a "study" to tell me this information. I have been a pet owner for over 40 years! All I did was pay attention to the animals!