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Loving pets is part of being human

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It all started with kittens. They were far too tiny to be taken from their mother, and in all honesty my aunt was being devious in presenting these tiny furbabies to enamored children, but from the first moment we saw Wanda and Snowflake my sister and I were smitten. According to Daisy Yuhas, associate editor for Scientific American MIND, our love for our companion animals may just be genetic—even small children seem to have an inherent affection for creatures from other species. As she told Leonard Lopate, our fondness is unique to humans and has many variations. There are dog people and cat people; those who adore cute animals (think golden retrievers and Persian cats); those who like odder beasts…

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