Here's a question for you guys. Do you think animals have an awareness that they will one day die? Do you think animals have the ability to understand life and death? I personally don't think animals know they will die. How could they? They see other animals die, but do you think animals truly understand what has happened when they see another animal die? Sure they eat other animals and kill eachother but do you think they are aware that they are ending another animals life? I think perhaps, but I don't think they understand exactly what this means. At least animals in the wild might have the vague knowledge that it could happen to them. I don't think animals can relate knowledge like that to themselves though. They try to survive and stay alive but I think a lot of it is instinct. I think animals definitely understand the risk of pain and getting hurt, which drives them to survive, which in turn keeps them alive. But I don't think animals can understand the fact that too much pain would mean they would "cease to exist". Many animals display what seems to be sadness when their babies are killed, but do you think that the knowledge that another animal was killed will effect them? I guess I don't think that animals can relate to death as we understand it. Take a pet for example. They live day after day and lay around, eat, etc. Do they ever think to themselves (in whatever way they think) "I wonder if today will be my last?". I'm not going to say I think 100% that they don't know they will die, and really I'm just trying to get some thoughts and discussion going. I will say though that if I had to answer the question "Do animals understand the fact that they will not keep living day after day" with a yes or no answer I would answer "no". Keep in mind these are just my thoughts. I'd like to think that animals are capable of understanding more than we give them credit for so I'm open to other theories as well. I'm not necessarily basing any of this on research but I'd like to get a discussion going on the subject and see what you guys think. Feel free to discuss.