A beekeeper captured an amazing moment of compassion between insects when he saw an incapacitated bee fall into a honey extractor. The bee became covered in honey, and the keeper moved it to the front of the beehive.

As soon as the bees noticed that one of their own was in danger, they immediately began to help, cleaning the honey off of their friend. It took multiple bees an entire half hour to clean their friend off, but once they did, the wings were as good as new.

The ego-based human perception of insects and even most animals is that they are emotionless creatures that have no unique or distinct personalities within their own species. However, new studies have shown that even cockroaches have unique personalities.

On July 7, 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists, and computational neuroscientists gathered at The University of Cambridge to assess the conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals. The statement they wrote is known as The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness.

This international team of scientists stated that: “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. The evidence consequently indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non- human animals, including mammals, birds, and many marine creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

If animals can feel pain, use tools and make choices about how they communicate with one another, is it that difficult to imagine them as aware, complex beings with emotions and thought processes?

Animals and Humans are not the only conscious beings on this planet, however. Recent studies have found that plants have their own form of communication. Researchers with the University of Western Australia found that corn plants emit and respond to particular sounds. In their study “Towards Understanding Plant Bioacoustics,” the team discovered that when plants are played a continuous sound at 220 Hz they grow toward the sound. This frequency range is similar to the clicking sound made by the plants themselves.

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