Why do some people love "connecting" with animals? I was just watching a series about a man who lives among wild bears. While this is a bit extreme, I can appreciate the desire to "connect" with other species. Why? No, this is not a trick question. I just don't see any particular reason why we would be so inclined. It would seem that the taming of dogs [wolves] and horses, for example, is too recent to be of any evolutionary significance.