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    Hi,

    I have to complie a list of examples in nature (non human) of the '7 deadly sins' to link to human behaviour .

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    Gluttony: The ornate horned frog. It will eat anything in their path. Even if it is larger/unmanagable.

    Envy: recent study into capuchin monkeys suggest they display envy when another monkey is seen to be fed 'better' food

    I have more but I was wondering if any others spring to mind? Ideally looking for more unusual/less obvious examples.

    Thanks so much for your help!


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    Sloth. The sloth.
    Lust. Rabbits?
    Pride. Possibly the Bower Bird, or whichever one it is that makes an elaborately decorated nest to attract a female.

    (Just an FYI - it's generally frowned upon to post the same topic in more than one place. If it's in the wrong forum, a mod can move it on your behalf.)


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    The ultimate depiction of gluttony :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    The ultimate depiction of gluttony :

    or proof that animals can commit suicide. maybe a lack of mice made life not worth living.
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    Pride: a peacock comes to mind? I think the one that is unaccounted for here is ''wrath'': And to that end, my two cats come to mind. While not all that unique of an example for your project, to me, male cats especially are very territorial, and they will display their wrath frequently by hissing, scratching, etc...if they feel their 'turf' is threatened.
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    Coqui Frogs in Hawai'i Eleutherdactylus coqui NOT native.......
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    in nature, there's really only one deadly sin, that's to be caught napping when you should have running for your life
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    The ultimate depiction of gluttony :

    I thought that was a picture of suicidal despair...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velexia View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    The ultimate depiction of gluttony :

    I thought that was a picture of suicidal despair...
    snakes are not that fool.
    lust (rat), envy(cuckoo bird), sloth(Helix), pride(peacock),
    stupidity(donkeys)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sibridge View Post
    Hi,

    I have to complie a list of examples in nature (non human) of the '7 deadly sins' to link to human behaviour .

    For example

    Gluttony: The ornate horned frog. It will eat anything in their path. Even if it is larger/unmanagable.

    Envy: recent study into capuchin monkeys suggest they display envy when another monkey is seen to be fed 'better' food

    I have more but I was wondering if any others spring to mind? Ideally looking for more unusual/less obvious examples.

    Thanks so much for your help!


    Simon
    Humans apply human characteristics to animals, and have done so for centuries even though animals contain their own unique characteristics. For example, to dogs. There are similarities to many behaviors shared by humans and our animal friends, but some things remain different and unique to our species. These comparisons are for us to understand the things around us.

    Gluttony is not simply eating anything in our path, but over consuming beyond our needs. A bear, presumably, - eats everything in its path, but that is not gluttony. It is doing that to survive the winter (speaking of a bear that hibernates. don't know of one that doesn't but just in case). Some snakes eat things bigger than its self, but manages to do so. pack of wolves have been known to attack and later eat things that are bigger than them as well.

    Puppies are known to eat anything and everything in their paths, until they throw up. However, this is known to be a growing phase in which even kids have in which they just don't know to stop. this is sensory development, not gluttony. Many habits animals have in eating anything - such as sharks - are from not knowing any better, for protection, or accidental.

    I have found some information about these horned frogs, but mostly about keeping them as pets. Nothing details over eating, as I am sure even it has a limit. Most reports of these frogs eating bigger creatures are from humans not taking care of the animal properly. Another example of outside their normal environment due to human intervention.
    Ornate Horned Frogs - Pacman Frogs - As Pets

    Dogs, express jealousy when you pet one over another. Just an example of wanting attention, does not mean it really is jealousy.

    Perhaps these things are not the exact same, but a less complex similarity?
    kind of like...okay so human brain developed to become more and more complex, so might that not include possible emotions as well?

    shouldn't this thread be in biology anyways?
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