The most heartbreaking thing David Attenborough has ever seen

Chimpanzees are omnivores and not just in the sense of eating grubs or enjoying a little meat when they can scavenge it. They kill. In fact, some troops will go hunting without any visible prey nearby — which is a pretty interesting bit of thinking and planning, in and of itself. Disturbingly, what they hunt is other primates. In this video, a group of male chimps hunt and kill some colobus monkeys, a scene that narrator Sir David Attenborough described as "most distressing/upsetting moment" in his career during a recent Reddit AMA.

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  1. You can hear it in his voice when he's describing the babies being separated from their mothers and thus easy targets, moments before one is in fact snared by two hulking chimps working together. sob

  2. Scary how closely this resembles human behavior, isn't it?

  3. "One day I was a young boy I saw a mother otter with her cubs. Even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and the pink roes spilled out much to the delight of the baby otters. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior." — Lord Vetinari, in a rare moment of (tipsy) candor

  4. Exactly. No animals are "nice" by human moral standards, so we'd best get over it. I mean, I have two cats myself, and aren't they so cuuute, when they cuddle up and purr and come begging for food? Now, if I were three inches tall I'd probably not find them very cute. No animals live up to human criteria for cuteness, not even humans.

  5. The one that got me was a BBC show demonstrating how buffalo will stamp on lion cubs, rooting them out till they're all gone. Or the flamingos in the salt lakes that dry up, the weak / stupid ones ending up with salt weights around their ankles so they can't fly away. Or the bambi being hunted by five lions, stuck on its own in a thicket and surrounded.

    But the one that really got me was watching the news about chads in Florida. That was bad, really bad.

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