In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
I know plenty of people that wouldnt do anything like that
I know I wouldn’t save my fucking chip for someone
that awkward moment when rats are more emphatic than people
calling someone a rat shouldn’t be an insult
should be the other way around
I’m gonna cry thsi is o cutel ike this is hwy rats are the best animals ever okay EVER
- YEAH GIRL I’MMA TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF AND put them in a closet for you cause it’s polite
- YEAH BABY THAT’S RIGHT IMMA PICK YOU UP AND carry you to your bed cause baby I know you tired
- OH GIRL IMA SLAP DAT broom out of your hand because you’ve had a long day at work, and i can do it myself.
- WAIT TILL YOU SEE MA collection of politely worded love letters.
“teenagers skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight” ACTUALLY NO THATS BULLSHIT TEENAGERS SKIP BREAKFAST SO THEY CAN MAKE IT TO SCHOOL ON TIME WITHOUT WAKING UP AT 4 IN THE MORNING