A study of great apes in captivity shows that the animals’ sense of well-being bottoms out in middle age, before rebounding in old age. The survey covered four criteria: the animals’ overall mood; how much pleasure they got out of socializing; their success in achieving goals such as obtaining food and objects they desire; and how happy the keeper would be if he or she were that animal for a week.
Blind boxer dog Baks has a new lease on life - after being taken under the wing of his friend Buttons the goose. An accident last year left him blind, but Buttons took it upon herself to become his seeing-eye companion. She leads him around by hanging on to him with her neck or honking to him.