If the eyes are the window to the soul then there can no longer be any doubt about whether our animal friends have souls of their own. Check out some very soulful critters below.
You can see the photographer reflected in this equine eye. If this eye seems big, it is; horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal. Image by Dawn
Birds with eyes on the sides of their head, like this blue jay, have extremely wide fields of vision. The avian field of vision champ is the American Woodcock, which can see a full 360 degrees. Image by Nosha
Owls have massive eyes to better help with seeing at night, but, like most birds, they can’t move them. Instead they have to move their heads to take a gander at anything, something owls are famously good at doing. Image by Leo Reynolds
Tapir eyes are prone to light damage and often have a bluish cast or cloudiness, but they compensate by having super sensitive ears and noses. Barnaby S.
Hippos keep their eyes, ears, and nostrils high on top of their heads so the rest of them can stay cool underwater while still monitoring topside for any for delicious marbles. Theater Culture
Fox eyes are especially tuned to spot movement. Image by Everything is Permuted
Crocodile eyes, with their cat-like pupils, see well both day and night, but can’t focus at all underwater. Image by Leah