There was a Gorilla who was taught sign language and was allowed to interact with people and other animals... they took very good care of that Gorilla.
One day the people working with the Gorilla asked him what he liked the most and his answer was "Kisses and Kittens". For you see his keeper would kiss him all the time and let him play with a kitten.
If that's not the answer of a Sentient Being... I don't know what is.
And John Edwards the TV show host (who talks to spirits on the other side of the veil)... talks about animals being there with their loved ones, there to comfort them. Your family dog that died years ago and the parrot you had for years are all there waiting for you on the other side.
Edgar Cayce said that in order to become enlightened we must enter into the body at least 30 times... who knows in what body type that is, perhaps a whale is much more enlightened than we are.
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