I’ve seen the photographs before, but I’d missed this 2007 video until now. It calls into question some Standard Truths about animal behaviour.
I like that. We humans make a lot of statements about our fellow creatures. We watch them. We study them. We photograph them. We make assumptions about their “inferiority” in comparison with us. We misuse and abuse them. We befriend them. We interpret their actions through the lens of our own life experience.
What we too often lack is some humility about our own narrow understanding of other ways of being. This short video is a good reminder we’ll always have more to learn about our non-human relatives.