Budapest Zoo has a discussion of the clip, but unfortunately the translation function doesn’t work too well. Anyone with a better knowledge of Hungarian is welcome to fill us in. Some online commentators have speculated the brown bear, Vali, was planning to eat the crow, but changed her mind. However, it certainly doesn’t look like that to us, and indeed the crow makes no effort to get away. Whether Vali’s motivation was simple compassion, curiosity or a desire to have something to play with isn’t clear. While curiosity or playfulness fit fairly well into models of animal behavior, the idea of helping another species out through a desire to prevent suffering is one that meets plenty of resistance. Reader Imre Jánoki has kindly summarised the zoo’s website for us. They back the curiosity theory. They add that hooded crows such as this one have been taking over the zoo, stealing meat from the lions and tigers “the crow was lucky to meet Vali instead of the other tenant of the paddock named Defoe, as the latter probably would have had a taste of the black bird.” A video featuring a pig saving a drowning baby goat has been revealed as a fake As a New York Times report revealed on Tuesday, the 30-second clip, which went viral was artfully staged by the people behind Comedy Central series “Nathan for You.” the video was, in reality, the result of work by animal trainers and several crew members Although the video is fake it is very useful Because it teaches us how an animal can save another animal Footage of an orangutan apparently trying to revive a poorly coot chick has emerged online two years after the video was recorded. Leo Oosterweghel, director of Dublin Zoo, said it showed the animals had a gentle side to their nature. The five-minute video, recorded by a visitor at an unknown zoo, begins with the orangutan sitting on a rock before it sees the duckling in a pond below and moves in for a closer look. For a moment, it looked as though an organutan was craving a mid-day snack when it plucked a duckling from the water in its enclosure. But dramatic footage shows the caring ape appearing to kiss life into its new friend, after finding it floundering in the water, abandoned by its mother. Seeming to realise the young duck is in trouble, it tears off a leaf from a nearby bush and places it near the bird’s mouth, as it tries to latch on. With no luck, the ape uses the leaf as a paddle, bringing the duckling closer before scooping it up in its gargantuan grips to the shock of the gasping crowd. The orangutan then takes the duckling to a grassy part of its enclosure, where it sits, appearing confused by its feathered finding. The crowd coos at it pets the bird but amazement quickly turned to horror as the animal picks up the baby and brings it to its mouth, appearing ready for a bite One woman can be heard shouting, ‘Oh! No, no, no!’ But children in the background assure her ‘He’s not trying to hurt him! Luckily for the little bird, the ape, which dwarfs it by comparison, lays it back down in the grass. ‘Although they mainly eat fruit, it is not unknown for orangutans to eat small mammals and eggs. ‘But this shows how chilled out and good at problem solving these amazing creatures are. ‘It’s hard to say whether he knew he would be saving the chick but you never know. I have never heard of anything like this before.’ This is called Evolutionary Morality. Most of we animals have it (except for some animals like some species of snakes, who eat up their own babies, but they have an evolutionary advantage of having many eggs). You don’t need your parents or religion to let you make out the difference between good and bad and feel the pain of others. Sometimes they hurt others, but one thing is for almost 100% sure that animals like mammals, birds etc would always love and die for their children. Those who didn’t couldn’t survive. Hippos saving impala from certain death and helping it to safety. The Hippo could have bitten the Impala in half. It had ample time to do that… but it went aggressively for the crocodile, and after that, sort of guided the impala away from the danger. Hippo just wanted to defend its territory, it first attacked the croc, and the antilope was smart and decided to run, I doubt that the hippo had any intentions of saving the antelope’s life Baboons Save Impala From Cheetah in Kruger National Park A group of tourists at Kruger National Park never suspected what they were to witness. After what it seems to be a calm and serene day, every changed when a cheetah came out and caused some chaos. He had his eyes on a small and helpless impala to be his next prey However, something incredible happened. When the cheetah came to give the finishing blow, an unexpected fight had a result that no one expected. But some of the tourists noticed a group of baboons that were going closer to the quarrel. The cheetah was not permitting his prey to flee. And he totally ignored the baboons that were coming closer. He was hungry and that impala was the prey to secure his day . It seemed that the impala was facing his final doom. As the minutes were passing, the impala was losing air and energy to fight on. As the cheetah was pulling the impala away, he didn’t notice he was surrounded by the baboons that didn’t stop their noising screams. Something was wrong. Why they were surrounding the predator? Did they want the impala for eating it too? Were they planning to attack the cheetah? The cheetah just couldn’t start eating his prey. The baboons were coming for the predator. One the bigger baboons started approaching closer to the cheetah with confidence. The cheetah used most of his energy for hunting the impala but now he was notoriously exhausting to another fight. Besides, the predator was outnumbered and if the group of baboon decided to attack him and it could be mean the end of the large predator. Although he was hungry, he decided to leave the impala on the grass and protect his life. While the bigger baboon was confronting the cheetah and the group doing their deafening noise the impala was lying on the ground with no signs of movement. The tourists were sure the impala was dead and it was only a matter of time before another predator will take it away to eat it. But the cheetah won’t take the risk to come back and reclaim his prey. Nobody expected that this surprised attack could turn the cheetah as the victim. Another baboon came to touch the impala to see if he was alive. The impala was very scared first because he remembered the recent fight with the cheetah As the impala realized that what the baboon touched was just a leg to help him to get up. The impala had several injuries on its neck and body. But now that the cheetah has finally gone, he started to gather some strength to be able to move and stand up on his four hooves. The impala finally managed to stand up. One thing is clear. The impala was very fortunate to survive thanks to the unexpected intervention of the baboons which help him to stay alive a bit longer. Hippos are incredibly aggressive and territorial, especially towards crocodiles and alligators. The instance shown in this video are perfect examples. “Saving” the other animal is merely a byproduct of the hippo attacking the reptile, not the reason for the attack. It’s difficult not to succumb to the anthropromorphism of animals when they are seen doing things which are natural for them, which would mean far more to us as humans, if there were some sense of empathy or altruism being shown. Many animals of different species will protect the young offspring of another, given that protecting infants is a hardwired instinct, and baby animals provoke this response , due to their disproportionately by design, with their large eyes, smaller size, and pitious cries. The “protecting of the calf” example is far less likely the scenario being shown where the 2 lionesses are play-fighting to “win” the calf, for eating, not “saving.” If they have fed recently, killing their prey immediately isn’t necessary. When a rival lioness appears on the scene, the big cat turns protector, putting its own life at risk to save the baby antelope. What happens when the film stops running has become something of mystery, with commentators arguing over the reasons why such an unusual bond across natural boundaries was forged, and what eventually happened to the calf. Theories put forward include the lion was simply keeping the calf as food, having earlier killed its mother, to more optimistic hopes that the youngster survived the encounter. Surprisingly, such acts of unlikely altruism in the world of lions is not unknown. The lioness was said to have been “fiercely protective” of her adopted oryx calve and was said to be stricken with grief when one of them was eaten by a male lion. At the time, conservationist Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick told the BBC: “It does happen, but it’s quite unusual. Lions, like all the other species, including human beings, have this kind of feelings for babies.” In one case, the lioness would allow the calf’s mother to feed her offspring several minutes a day before resuming her guardian duties. It was the way that the “adoptions” had all taken place on significant dates – Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day and Good Friday Do you think these animals really protect other animals?