Do other animals suffer the ailments of mankind?
In “Zoobiquity,” the authors note that animals can experience heart attacks and many species can be frightened to death. Sudden cardiac death, a leading cause of death in humans, can also have “a fear trigger,” Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers wrote. However, they also acknowledged that physicians have been “skeptical of linking high emotion and cardiac death in humans.”
According to Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers, certain types of breast cancer have been found in a number of mammals.
Their list includes jaguars, cougars, tigers, sea lions, kangaroos, wallabies, beluga whales, alpacas and llamas.
Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers note that the only group of mammals in which breast cancer is rarely found are the “professional lactators,” meaning dairy cows and goats.
Osteosarcoma, a common type of bone cancer that forced Ted Kennedy Jr. to undergo a leg amputation in 1973, is the leading cause of death in golden retrievers, Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers wrote in their book “Zoobiquity.”
This disease has also been found in the bones of wolves, grizzly bears, camels, polar bears, some reptiles, fish and birds, according to the authors.
It is my belief that we should see why some animals do not have diseases that we have and see how the genes are different. This will be a new way to combat cancer and heart problems.
Noted that some animals can be frightened to death. What was it like in the age of dinosaurs. Did some animals die just seeing T-rex behind them?
In reality genes are genes and we should note there could be crossovers.