Paging Dr Rhesus: Indian monkey saves mate after electric shock

A monkey navigating the high tension wires above a train station in India’s Kanpur got the shock of a lifetime on Saturday. A high voltage shock sent the monkey tumbling to the tracks. But his friend wasn’t ready to say goodbye: after pulling the chimp to safety, the older monkey worked on his buddy for 20 minutes, hitting, biting and dunking it in water. Miraculously, the monkey came around – much to the delight of train passengers waiting on the station platform and filming the event.

I think a chimpanzee doesn’t have the intellectual ability, or I don’t think it does, to deliberately inflict pain.

Jane Goodall, speaking to Bill Moyers on PBS