Elephants at the Mashatu game reserve in Mapungubwe, Botswana. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture The Ties That Bind Animals And Humans Alike November 21, 2013 Animal emotions are increasingly recognized as genuine by scientists. Yet there's still a tendency to consider human relationships, especially outside the biological family, as exceptional. Commentator Barbara J. King challenges this notion.