Here’s a reason why so many people dismiss science. Researchers started with the question of whether animals can make friends with other species. Anyone who has been around animals long enough should know that this is possible since you can see it right before your eyes.

Anthropologist Barbara King from the College of William & Mary says she and other scientists have documented a number of animals, ranging from dogs to hippos to apes, that make bonds with animals of another species. If one dies, the survivor¬†grieves.¬†In some cases, the biggest risk in cross-species friendships isn’t getting eaten. It’s emotional loss, which is basically the same feeling people have when their beloved pets pass away.

Why anyone would question if animals can make friends with another species seems like studying the obvious. To read more about this study, click here.