How likely is it that cockroaches feel fear?
February 1, 2013 4:50 PM Subscribe
From Googling it seems to be unknown as to whether or not cockroaches are exhibiting fear when confronted or some more basic instinct. Even if it's not 100% known, is there strong evidence either way?
posted by Danila to pets & animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I feel tremendous guilt after killing bugs. The idea that something could be afraid of me and then I kill it (justifying its fear) weighs heavily on me every time. I try to be as humane in my bug-proofing as I can but sometimes it's me or the roach (I am also pretty scared of them and find trying to catch one in a cup or something petrifying).
What I'm trying to figure out is if, when they freeze and seem to be staring at me, they are feeling something like what I am feeling: terror.