Here’s another video to make you question our understanding of animals’ capacity for experiencing emotions. Was this great rusty-furred ape merely curious about that fidgeting little birdie in the water and wanted a closer look, or did (s)he rescue it out of genuine compassion? (Or perhaps even both?) Either way, as PZ Myers notes, it’s amazing that an orangutan can exhibit either. (Skip ahead to the 0:50 mark to avoid the obligatory ape-tastes-noseberries intro, if that’s not your thing.)
It’s noted that the chick was later examined by zoo vets and declared to be in good health.