harlotan:

ceruleancynic:

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In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post



#That awkward moment when rats have more humanity than most humans

Never don’t reblog rats being better than people.

Rats are fucking awesome.

Sometimes I look back upon myself a few years ago, and I find it absurd that I believed animals couldn’t really feel complex emotions. How wrong I was.

harlotan:

ceruleancynic:

tweedymcgee:

itseasytoremember:

In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post

#That awkward moment when rats have more humanity than most humans

Never don’t reblog rats being better than people.

Rats are fucking awesome.

Sometimes I look back upon myself a few years ago, and I find it absurd that I believed animals couldn’t really feel complex emotions. How wrong I was.



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