Proctor, Helen (2016) Monkey say, monkey do, monkey grieve? Animal Sentience 2016.045
Barbara J. King, Animal mourning: Précis of How animals grieve (King 2013)
In this commentary, I have focused on King’s chapter “Do monkeys mourn?” and discussed the complexity that this question unearths. Attempting to answer this question, King has scoured the literature and talked to many primatologists to try to unravel the complex reactions seen in monkeys. From ignorance to denial, and everything in between, monkeys appear to react to death in countless ways. This commentary discusses some of the key cases for and against monkey grief, and concludes by noting the dearth of conclusive literature on one of the most studied groups of animals.