NCBI ROFL: Apparently, animals generally do not commit suicide.

By ncbi rofl | September 20, 2011 7:00 pm

Suicide among animals: a review of evidence.

“Naturalists have not identified suicide in nonhuman species in field situations, despite intensive study of thousands of animal species. In this review, evidence on suicidal behavior among animals is analyzed to discover analogies with human suicidal behavior. Literature was retrieved by exploring Medline/PubMed and PsychINFO databases (1967-2007) and through manual literature searches. Keyword terms were “suicide or suicidal behavior” and “animal or animal behavior.” Few empirical investigations have been carried out on this topic. Nevertheless, sparse evidence supports some resemblance between the self-endangering behavior observed in the animal kingdom, particularly in animals held in captivity or put under pressure by environmental challenges, and suicidal behavior among humans. Animal models have contributed to the study of both normal and pathological human behaviors: discovering some correlates of suicide among animals could be a valid contribution to the field.”

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  • odin

    Just my 2 cents.

    Perhaps you can also link suicide with wanderlust?  Some animals have wanderlust tendencies.  Leave the group and go somewhere alone.  The same situation that made some people suicidal are the same things that sends me on wanderlust.  Perhaps it could just be a misdirected desire to escape society when an individual simply doesn’t belong to it.  Some suicidal behavior likewise, look like attempts to get attention, and it does work.

  • John

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