Primate empathy video: Viral footage of marmosets raises questions about monkey empathy.

Heartbreaking Video of Monkey Comforting Its Mate Raises Questions About Primate Empathy

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April 17 2014 2:34 PM

Is This What Primate Empathy Looks Like?

A heartbreaking video has spread quickly, but animal behaviorists are skeptical. 

In the video, a male marmoset embraces, sits with, and chases other monkeys away from his pair-bonded female that had fallen out of a tree and died. 

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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