A carefully controlled experiment shows that hens show empathy toward their chicks. The study involved chicks being exposed to a puff of air. As a result, the hensí heart rate increased and eye temperature decreased. They also changed their behavior by being more alert, preening less and vocalizing more.
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Empathy clearly is not a human-trait only. The Creator endowed His/Her creatures with emotions that range from joy and empathy to fear and anger. Acknowledging that other creatures also have an emotional life is a first step in order to live a compassionate life.