Animals Like Us : Animal Adoption – Wildlife Documentary

Altruism, an act that bestows a benefit on the recipient while conferring a cost to the actor, is one of the central paradoxes of evolution. In the wild, where only the fittest survive, adopting other animals’ offspring is not really in line with Darwin’s theory of evolution. And yet, amongst bees, dolphins, lions and several primate species, altruism may go as far as adoption. In the case of social insects, parent substitution was a flaw in Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection: the biologist noticed that non-reproductive insects who adopted and helped young ones, brought a large portion of genetic baggage from their parents. Darwin had to broaden his theory to the family group. For mammals, including men, what advantage is there in the act of adoption? In the years following the adoption, does the adopted individual contribute to the foster parents’ survival and vice versa? The controversy at the heart of this documentary continues to be debated in today’s scientific world. While raising these different questions, this documentary will study each case separately because each adoption behaviour has evolved independently forming its own pattern, its own benefit and even… its own disadvantages.

documentary made by Jacqueline Farmer

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  1. but wolves don't adopt slow growing animals like a human.

    we need to see an Indian wolf pack adopt an elephant calf
    good thing we can't apply this "females are naturaly inclined to liking babies" to humans. hell even saying that for these monkeys will be offensive to some

  2. I watched a video just Yesterday about these monkeys. One of the mothers abandons her baby and as another mother comes up after 20 mins of hearing this baby crying she adopts it!! Not only did she adopt it but treated it the same way she treated her own baby which was the same age! She had to carry two around and eat for two! 😍💜❤️

  3. Adopting other species is common also for humans, when they adopt a dog or a cat – or whatever their choice may be. So that is a waste of energy?

  4. What the fuck is wrong with these monkeys? I don't think I've ever gotten so pissed off from a documentary before.

  5. The human stepparent thing could be partly explained by the tendency for people with psychological problems to have more trouble with relationships. In order to have a stepparent, you need one parent who had a child and isn't partnered with that child's other parent, usually because the relationship broke down; and a person who is single and available at an age where many of their peers have children, or else willing to have a relationship with someone much older than them. All three categories of people are more likely than happily married people to have psychological issues, including issues linked to violence.

  6. That bonobo section was too cute! The way the babies smiled made my heart melt because it looked so human.

  7. Perhaps the problem is that we assume that Darwin was always right. We are all human and all are prone to mistakes (even those that are deemed genius). I don't feel that my adopting a puppy to raise and care for is considered a waste of time as the theory of evolution in species would suggest.

  8. I sure hope the baboon mother rescued her kidnapped baby. Can't figure how how she could not hear the baby screaming for help.

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