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Video: Leopard Shows Motherly Instinct for Baby Baboon

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Leopard with baby baboon.

Discovery Channel poses this question that is a mystery for evolutionary biologists:

"Why do we, and many animals, do good things for others when the results seem to offer no direct benefit to us?" According to research, altruism is instinctive behavior that forms without cultural training in babies [source: CBC].

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy reports that the famous scientist Charles Darwin thought about this issue:

"From a Darwinian viewpoint, the existence of altruism in nature is at first sight puzzling, as Darwin himself realized. Natural selection leads us to expect animals to behave in ways that increase their own chances of survival and reproduction, not those of others."

A famous proverb says, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." - Psalm 139:14 ESV

Is it possible that the leopard and baboon are also "fearfully and wonderfully made"? I think God's character is often revealed in the acts of his creation.

Check out this video of a leopard that discovers a baby baboon and briefly cares for it

Leopard cares for baby baboon.
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