Frans de Waal

Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions

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A New York Times Bestseller and winner of the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
“Game-changing.” —Sy Montgomery, New York Times Book Review

Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals, beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it—from dogs “adopting” the injuries of their companions, to rats helping fellow rats in distress, to elephants revisiting the bones of their loved ones—show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy. Frans de Waal opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected.
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456 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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