Animal caretakers, zoologists and farmers have often noted that animals can form significant emotional bonds with one another. Dairy cows, for example, show definite preferences when it comes to associating with other cows, as do female Bechstein's bats, which, despite frequent comings and goings from their habitat, seek out unrelated friends to spend time with. These observations show significant similarities between the social behavior of humans and animals.
More about animal friendships:
- Some researchers have noted that animals will not only do favors for their friends but will also mourn for them after deaths.
- The observation about friendships between dairy cows has led some agricultural experts to advocate minimizing separation between bovine friends so as to not create unnecessary stress for the animals.
- Researchers have observed female bats assisting other female bats during and immediately after childbirth.