Empathy allows us to understand the perspective and pain of others; we want to take care of these people and cheer them up. In today’s society, the feeling of empathy is a little ignored. When we see someone who really needs help, we tend to turn away from that person and choose not to help.
Animals can also feel empathy, just like humans. They have empathy for their own species, but also for humans. A dog can comfort you, for example, but it can also care for other animals. Animals , however, are not influenced by society, and simply help each other when they feel help is needed.
You probably won’t find a better example of empathy between two different animal species than this… It was midwinter when a pedestrian experienced one of the most beautiful moments in nature. During his walk, he saw a goose sitting alongside the road and it seemed as if the goose was trying to protect something. It was not a chick of the goose itself, but a slightly larger animal that had no wings.
The goose appeared to be protecting a puppy from the frosty weather; the goose literally took the puppy under her wings and even tried to caress the puppy with her mouth. If the goose hadn’t been there for the puppy, he probably would have died because of the cold weather.
The puppy was likely abandoned and neglected by his mother, leaving him to his fate. If he had to take care of finding his own food, he probably would have succeeded. But the puppy’s skin was not at all resistant to the cold, and so he needed a mother to protect him. When the goose saw the puppy, she immediately took him under her care, and took over the task of the mother, without any problem.
Maybe we should take an example from these two animals. Next time you see someone who could use some help, don’t turn away, but lend a hand. By doing this, we can make the world a little better for everyone. We will appreciate this when we, ourselves, are in a difficult situation and someone comes to help us.