Humans can create aesthetic objects, such as drawings and paintings and animals can't. Wild animals have not been seen (observed) to create any kind of image that is recognizable (that appears to be meaningful/representation of something). Animals that have created images/paintings (such as the famous cases of chimpanzee or elephant artists) have only done so in the controlled environment of a laboratory or zoo (conditions created by humans).Clearly, however, there is a profound difference between human and animal imagination. Humans are the only creatures who can tell one another about imagination in stories or pictures. The urge to make art is unique to us. No other animal has ever been observed to draw a recognizable image spontaneously in the wild. In fact, their only images have been produced under carefully controlled laboratory conditions that tell us more about the experimenter than they do about art.
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