New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions.Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mamas Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals.Mamas Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waals argument, showing tha...
|Title||:||Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves|
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Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves Reviews
I do feel liberated after reading the book. We people do like our logic and reason. Maybe my reluctance with the subject of animal emotions wasn't only that I credited my dogs, Tilde and Zerline, for having emotions, but also that I was following my own emotions to think so. Now I know, it was not only the right thing to do, it actually also shows how similar and connected we truly are.
If you want to understand some of the whys of how our human society works, read this book. If you love animals and want a deeper understanding of our planet mates, this will give it to you. If you are interested in increasing your emotional intelligence, this is a fascinating guide.
Frank de Waal is a master observer, scientist and storyteller. Mama’s Last Hug is an exquisitely delivered perspective filled with enlightening wisdom emerging from the truth that we are all creatures, equal and uniq ...more
This is 3.75 stars. I suggested this book to our library having read an on-line review of it that included the video of de Waal meeting Mama and receiving her hug. How I wish she could talk! So kind, so loving, so glad to see him, and I wonder if she knew she was dying. And what did she see after she did so?
One of the things I need/ed to think about is de Waal's distinction between emotions and feelings. I am not sure yet that I understand the distinction he is making. Though as he thinks many s ...more
I recently went to the zoo at the behest of a friend of mine (I hadn’t been to a proper zoo since I was a child) and was reminded why I hadn’t been in such a long time. Animals in small enclosures, appearing listless with nothing to stimulate them, was for me the opposite of entertaining. It was profoundly moving but not perhaps in the sense that my acquaintance might have wished. Particularly disturbing to me was seeing the macaques, gorillas, chimpanzees, and other primates. When my friend se ...more
I won an ARC of Mama’s Last Hug in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so glad I did! I laughed, I cried and laughed again. Incredibly informative , I ended up using an entire highlighter on this book. It’s an absolutely fascinating view on human and animal emotions and the big question “do animals have feelings?”. My first thought whenever I hear someone ask that is ‘they’ve never had a pet before’, as I think most of us dog (and/or cat) people have a hard time believing that anyone could believe ani ...more
These books are never super narratively interesting, but this provides a good through-line examining what it is that defines an emotion, and systematically breaking down the notion that humans stand alone. Lots of anecdotes of clever experiments, and some delightful WikiHow-style illustrations, make it a relatively fun read.
Mama'a Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal
is a beautiful breath of fresh air for those of us who live with animals and often find ourselves explaining to non-animal people the behaviors of our beloved pets. These behaviors to us are easy to interpret, most of the time. As pet owners, we often say our pets have emotions and can even sense our own moods. We might get an eye-roll or a sideways glance from our non-pet owning friends or family members bec ...more
As a student, realizing that my biology books were of little help explaining chimpanzee behavior, I picked up a copy of Machiavelli’s The Prince. It offered an insightful, unadorned account of human behavior based on real-life observations of the Borgias, the Medici, and the popes. The book put me in the right frame of mind to write about ape politics at the zoo.----------------------------------------
We know our own inner states imperfectly and often mislead both ourselves and those around...more