We say that animals are not like us therefore, they are less than us. We say they lack self-awareness but what we really mean is they lack *human like* self-awareness.
Once you break yourself of the dogma that humanity is the standard against which all other beings are measured you will see it is abundantly clear that other animals must be self-aware in their own way. They have thoughts, feelings, preferences, interests. They have amazing memories, can anticipate the future, recognize sometimes hundreds of other individuals even of other species. They communicate and bond with their own species and others. They have many abilities, senses and cognitive capacities we have lost or never had.
Indonesia-based Photographer Andrew Suryono shares of his magical photo, “I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain!” Without a second thought, Andrew reached for his DSLR and captured the moment.
Ninita is a pygmy marmoset who was born deaf and abandoned by her parents. She now lives in her own enclosure with a boyfriend after she was raised by the staff of the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation.
Pygmy marmosets are sometimes considered the smallest primates in the world. They live in the rainforests of South America. Females usually give birth to twins twice a year and the whole group participates in raising the children. Pygmy marmosets are threatened by habitat loss and are often victims of exotic pet trade.
Mother-infant eye contact is a lot more common in primates than we used to think. This touching moment between baboon mother and baby-as-airplane was spotted in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, by Mariana de Klerk.