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"Alone among the creatures, as Jean Berko Gleason puts it, we are able to reflect, to be conscious of ourselves, and to comment on that."  This was a fascinating essay that made me reflect and want to know more about the ability of children to reflect on being, and on their identification with animals.  It's too bad you chose to end it with the quote above.  We have no way of knowing this.  All we can say is that we humans are unable to grasp what other creatures might be experiencing cognitively, and how they might share that sense of themselves among themselves.  We cannot say that we are the only ones who do this, whether absolutely or in degree.