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The observation of the author is good but I don't think the animals have borrowed such behaviours mentioned in the thread from human beings. They follow their natural instincts and act like any other similar species when in a group. We know that animals live in groups and naturally when a member of that group is attacked by another animal all in the group will come to the rescue. Animals have enough courage and act depending on the situation. Only the pets who are in constant company with the humans or those who are in a conservatory can imitate the behaviour of humans at times, not always. Animals who are living in the jungle never get the chance to have any kind of interaction with humans so they won't be able to imitate humans.
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It is the nature and every animal and human act accordingly. You might have observed the nature of mothers love. Every moms love for her child is unconditional. It is similar even in any animal, a mothers love for her child is the same. Any animal who is a mother can do anything for her child. I have seen cat fighting with dog for her kittens, I have seen dog protecting her puppy from rain inspite of her getting wet and these are just few examples. The nature has been made in such a way that animals will learn to protect themselves and can do anything for her kids. Nature truly amuses me always.
The karma-Janma belief in our country also believes that human birth is the last one and the most blessed in the series of births and deaths cycles.
So it turns out that all human traits are only the result of evolution series. Probably they are a bit more well designed and humans are given a extra capacity of thinking, reviewing and remedying.
However unfortunately, humans behave and act in such a way to shame all other animals. So much so to shame and make the Creator regret about his last creation .
But the hope is from the Bhagavat Gita verse which starts 'Yada yada hi dharmasya glaanirbhavatu......." . This is an assurance that whenever there is a decline o Dharma and Adharma takes the command, then Lord Krsihna will take a new Avatar to set right and bring back Dharma in the world.
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