Although A.s.a. H. was not biologically inspired I do believe that consciousness in animals may have developed in the same sort of way that a sense of self develops in A.s.a. (As described in my recent blog posts, especially 1 October and 5 November 2015 and 21 July 2016.)
Some people have questioned why nature would evolve consciousness. In Asa H the usefulness and survival value of consciousness is directly observable.