Moral Behavior in Animals

Humans have a tendency to believe that they’re the best: No other being on this earth has the ability to feel and express the emotions we humans do. We’re just so special!

The video in this post proves otherwise… We don’t expect animals to express strong moral values such as equality, teamwork, or  reconciliation. Yet they seem to do so, even more than humans. Most animals have a very deep sense of equality.

This scientist, Frans de Waal, delivered a beautiful, very accurate and knowledgeable, speech in this video on exactly that.

The footage of past experiments on animal morality is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud during the experiment with the Capuchin monkeys and the cucumbers and grapes. Oh, and the chimpanzee gesturing to his friend to help pull the food box!

Do you have your own examples of animals doing what’s better for the group and perhaps not themselves?

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