Humans show kindness towards their fellow men through different gestures. One may help a broken down motorist, and others, without any thought about their safety, rescue victims in a fire. In the animal kingdom, they display acts of kindness and compassion too. Studies suggest they process these feelings much the way humans do.
Fascinating Ways Creatures Communicate Kindness
How animals communicate with others may vary from species to species. Oddly, some convey feelings with similar actions or responses. What is fascinating is an animal’s idea of kindness. In many instances, they mimic a human’s way of expressing the same emotion. Taking a peek into the exciting world of animals, we can see how they carry out acts of love and kindness.
Let’s take a look at 20 animals and how they display compassion and kindness.
Is there such a thing as an altruistic turtle? You might assume so by the plethora of videos apparently displaying one turtle helping another turtle get back on his feet. Some experts suggest this might be a display of aggression called ramming or a call for hanky-panky.
In seahorse couples, the male is the one that carries the young to term. Any human woman would agree that carrying the couple’s babies to term is the ultimate act of animal kindness.
This ugly blob of fish shows kindness in a ritual where he completely absorbs himself into the female and turning into sperm. Giving his life for his young is another ultimate act of service in the animal kingdom.
Snails also possess the ability to show a sort of kindness, which, much like other creatures, has to do with mating. Snails are hermaphroditic, which means they show compassion by each sharing egg production, incubation, and the birthing of their young.
The male of these stunning birds displays his heart on his chest for his betrothed. This big red heart-shaped puff under his beak and accompanied strut are akin to the human effort of love poems or romantic greeting cards.
When a fellow pack mate is hurt, another elephant uses its tusks to lift the injured. Elephants, being emotional creatures, offer up their trunk and ears for a caress in a show of friendship, solidarity, and goodwill to other elephants in the pack.
Bonobos were initially referred to as pygmy chimpanzees and are card-carrying members of the ape family. They, too, have the mental ability to show other Bonobos kindness by their willingness to share food but only in exchange for some social interaction.
Dolphins show their kind side for humans and other animals. This loving creature is known to rescue swimmers from run-ins with Hammerhead sharks and guide injured stranded whales back out to deep waters.
In an informal study, students placed rat participants in little transparent enclosures that only opened from the outside. Amazingly, the rat “on the outside” tended to go well out of its way to release the jailed cohorts.
Our primate friends care for each other when they are sick, just like us. Even when the sickness is a defect in a monkey’s chromosomes, causing glitches in its behavior. It’s this type of glitch that prompts the other monkey’s in the tribe to take the affected one under their wing and foster it.
A canine mom found an abandoned baby in a Kenyan forest. She proceeded to carry the bundle across a bustling street and lay it down where it was immediately noticed and brought to the hospital.
12. Prairie Voles
Praire Voles are known to relieve stress and hurt in other voles that are familiar. Many studies have shown these furry critters console one another when hurt by licking each other.
When this rotund rodent-like creature comes to a watering hole, he goes around his group barking to encourage others to drink before him. Capybara also has a distinct way of reclining on their backs, inviting other family members to rest.
In an event suggested as the first-ever recorded, humpback whales moved to protect a little grey whale from a pod of dangerous killer whales. The humpback whales wouldn’t give up their efforts until the danger passed, making this event a seven-hour ordeal.
Magpies are one of many animals that perform duties of empathetic expression. In this particular event, four of these little corvids took turns one at a time, caressing a dead comrade with their beaks. Then, more amazingly, each flew off, returning with blades of grass to lay by the victim proceeded by a minutes-long vigil.
You wouldn’t think the ferocious lion would have a compassionate bone in its body. Proving this false, a pride of lions protected a girl beaten by four men in the wilds of Ethiopia. The lions pounced on the men running them off and remained with her for 12 hours until the family found her.
Cats are a great source of kindness, but sometimes we as cat owners don’t pick up on this. Even though we think it’s gross, cats are known to deliver presents such as dead lizards, mice, and the occasional bird.
Even a dangerous teeth-laden beast like the crocodile can have a kind side. One such creature in Pennsylvania provides emotional support to members of an eldercare community. The tutelage in becoming a source of emotional support came on the heels of this gator’s rescue effort from euthanasia.
For a horse, protection, and kindness is one emotion. One such example of this display was a faithful Palomino horse in Australia. During an attack on the horse’s owner by a rabid dog, the equine pushed the canine away from the victim, thwarting further attack but sustained an injury itself in the process.
These cute mud dwellers are also touted as the unconventional hero. According to stories, pigs save humans and other animals from the dangers of fire, such as drowning and interlopers with harmful intentions. In one instance, an owner was experiencing a heart attack on a walk with her sow companion. Realizing his caretaker was in distress, he sought help.
In troubled times people tend to forget displays of kindness. Animals teach us to be poised when in distress and to keep in mind that kindness to one another takes precedence over all else. When you feel compassion is lacking in the world, there are always stories of exemplary acts of this nature from the animal kingdom.