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A Sad, Captive Orangutan's Selfless Act Will Leave You Completely Speechless

APRIL 16, 2015  —  By Jessica Catcher  
Jessica Catcher

Jessica Catcher

Jessica is a writer who lives in Queens, NY. She spends most of her time listening to One Direction, watching TV, and hanging out with her one-eyed cat, Rigby.

Acts of kindness aren't just for humans. While living in captivity at the Phoenix Zoo in Miyazaki, Japan, this footage of a small group of primates shows how one simple gesture can mean so much.

Happy, a 21-year-old orangutan, defies the typically solitary nature of his species by regularly offering his leftovers to the chimpanzees in the cage across from him.

The nine chimps next to him rally around and reach through their cage as far as they can to get their hands on a little extra grub.

Though they rarely cross paths in their natural habitat, that doesn't stop Happy from feeling a bond with his primate cousins.

See the moving footage for yourself here:


(sources Asahi Shimbun, The Dodo)

In a world where it's easy to become bogged down by the seemingly constant downpour of terrible things happening around us, this sweet orangutan proves how universally important it is to always choose kindness and caring for one another.

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