Animals And Music


Animals just as humans, respond to music; soothing, relaxing tunes seem to calm them too. See more about the experiment in Lincoln Park, Chicago .Beautiful, peaceful music is thought to have a wonderful, even healing effect on man’s mind and spirit. It is know to have a leading effect on the human soul, as it leads it to certain states, either joyful, or sad, more or less profound. The same thing is likely to happen to animals. You might have noticed your cat leaving the room when you listen to a hard rock piece, or see it relaxing on a chill out tune. So what is it with music and living creatures?

If they like that particular music, animals would come closer to the source it produces it, in order to fully enjoy those pieces of art. Music can even have a soothing effect for a suffering, ill animal. The same thing is known to happen to plants, which can blossom to certain beautiful musical works. One explanation to this phenomenon might be that, since we as human beings, plants and animals are part of the same creation, and have the very same Author, we are likely to respond to the same stimuli and to find peace, bliss, beauty and joy in the very same things.

Apparently tranquility inducing music can ease both physical pain in an animal, and psychological disturbances caused by abandonment, abuse, loneliness, sadness, different traumas or any other negative emotions. It is also said that certain animals that are very fond of their owners are likely to simply absorb their feelings and sicknesses, and music can have a positive influence on the spirit of these loyal creatures as well. It probably comes from the natural environment, where birds of all sorts produce such wonderful, calming and soothing music, which is in perfect harmony with the whistle of the wind passing through the leaves, streams flowing and fresh, pure water springs or waterfalls going down to the ground with such wonderful sounds.

One thing people are most certainly unaware of is that animals, just like children, may suffer themselves from things they cannot understand; but which, since they touch their owners, it reaches them, too, things like financial problems, broken or difficult relationships, many other worries that humans have every single day. All these are the side effects of our much praised civilization and technological evolution. Although they cannot explain it or completely grasp it, animals have certain negative sensations related to the negative aspects of modern life.

Animals living in the wilderness may never have to go through all this useless, extra stress, as they follow their natural cycle of life, living “at home” and at ease. Yet for these animal friends we share our home with, it can sometimes quite damaging to adopt our unnatural lifestyle. We can still try and use civilization for a good purpose and help these animals cope with stress by giving them the opportunity to enjoy some great, calming down music.

In Chicago, Lincoln Park, they decided to study this matter and see what effects may be produced by playing the violin to some animals there. The results were very interesting. Thus, panthers seemed to greatly enjoy peaceful tunes like “Home, Sweet Home”, and the same did a lioness with her cubs and a jaguar: “The Lioness and her cubs were interested from the start, though when the violinist approached the cage the mother gave a hiss, and the cubs hid behind her. At the playing of a lively jig, the cubs stood up on their hind legs and peeped over at the player. When the musician retreated from the cage, the animals came to the front of it and did not move back when he gradually drew so near as almost to touch the great paws which were thrust through the bars. When playing ‘Home, Sweet Home,’ the entire family seemed very attentive, and were motionless except that the cubs turned their heads from side to side. Then another jig was played and the cubs pranced about.”

“The Coyotes in a den, squatted in a semicircle, and sat silently while the music continued. When it ceased, they ran up and pawed at the player through the bars. He began afresh, and they again formed in a silent semicircle. This experiment was tried several times with the same results.” Interesting, isn’t it?



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