Throwald, ah.. Okay. I understand now. Thank you. I took a look at population numbers, and can see what you mean.
Gospel, it seems we draw a different line as far as animal awareness. But until we find out more proveable data on the issue, it all rests upon individual perception. Current thinking is that a human child becomes self aware at about 18 months. Whatever the higher animals do possess in common with us, in whatever quantity or lack thereof, it must stop short of human developement at this age. But even here it's hard to determine wheter it's an issue of awareness, or intelligence. It's hard to say! There are so many questions. Why will dogs risk their lives to save their humans? Why will humans risk their lives to save their dogs?
I like the word Thor used; "gifts." I do think animals have a language; vocalization and body language. How complex it is we haven't yet determined. Speak a thing into existence.. ? Yes, we bring our ideas into being. I think that goes along with true self awareness. Animals have gifts...small ones in that area.. but I would agree that this is the dividing line.
I think we do share the thoughts what evolution scientists are trying to prove here; their end goal. It's a wasted effort.
I'll respect your wish and reasoning not to share your own thoughts about "the people" outside the garden. You have made me curious, however. Still, it may be one of those things we simply are not to know for now.