There's no doubt that animals have complex emotional lives of their own. That we have opposable thumbs and walk upright scarcely lends us any superiority to those that walk on all fours, and, in fact, it's often remarked that in many ways, animals are better than people when it comes to social reliability and instinctive care.
Much is made of the presence of "stupid pet videos" or "cat pics" in viral media, but critics of those things should consider why they remain so popular.
Perhaps it's because animals often teach us human qualities more efficiently and more poignantly than humans do.
Here are 11 of the irreplaceable qualities than animals demonstrate so gracefully.