Pri­mate pals

Many of our close rel­a­tives rely on their troops for safety and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion

World of Animals - - Animal Kindness -

Vervets risk their lives for their fam­ily

When dan­ger ap­proaches, these mon­keys make loud calls to warn other group mem­bers. This in­creases the caller’s chance of be­ing tar­geted by the preda­tor, but it could save sev­eral rel­a­tives from in­jury or death.

Ba­boons have each other’s backs

Groom­ing is an im­por­tant part of life for so­cial pri­mates like chacma ba­boons, as it main­tains re­la­tion­ships and group struc­ture. In­di­vid­u­als of­fer­ing to groom oth­ers do so with the ex­pec­ta­tion that the favour will be re­turned.

Bono­bos try to keep the peace

While most an­i­mals dis­play­ing ‘kind­ness’ have a self­ish mo­ti­va­tion, bono­bos have been shown to feel em­pa­thy, solve dis­putes with hugs, help in­jured friends and will­ingly share food with com­plete strangers.

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