Bear rescues drowning crow

One could look at this as an act of benevolence and love, or one could say, "he thought it looked yummy, then changed his mind."

Vali, a grizzly bear at the Budapest Zoo, rescues a drowning crow.

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  1. That crow escaped an even more grisly fate.

  2. I'm in the camp that thinks the bear though "free lunch", then changed his mind. Sorry bears (or any predators) don't do benevolent things for animals they can eat.

  3. miasm says:

    The rest of the murder are going cray-cray.
    Just 'cause the bear was interested in the crow and dropped it after it pecked her nose doesn't mean she was intending to eat it.

    It may very well have meant playing-with-it-to-death but who's gonna spend any more time on that slimy, pecky thing when you can eat apples and carrots instead.

  4. Except the bear - a creature notorious for its great strength, particularly in its jaws - picks up an incredibly fragile animal by the wing, using its mouth, and does so gently enough to leave the bird completely unharmed.

    Why be gentle if you want to eat the crow? And if it changed its mind, why drag the bird up instead of biting it, then dropping it back in the water?

    Humans are predators, yet we do benevolent things for animals we can eat. Our pet dogs and cats are predators, yet they are capable of the exact same thing. Et cetera.

    I mean, sure... you can always find an example of an individual within a predator species that is literally never altruistic, but to suggest that being a predator precludes the very possibility of altruism is absurd.

    Bears aren't stupid, vicious brutes. They're actually quite intelligent, social, and sensitive creatures at times.

  5. I'll posit a third possibility.

    "Hey, you're not a fish!"

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