Last week Pope Francis proclaimed that animals have souls and can go to heaven. Now, one monkey in Kanpur, India, has displayed the kind of compassion and heroics many humans might admire.
Comment: Whether heaven exists or not, most mammals care for their offspring and behave like souled beings. They demonstrate more 'humanity' than many of us humans, that is for sure.
This monkey - probably a Rhesus macaque, the most common urban dweller in India - worked frantically to revive another monkey that had passed out on the train tracks after getting a severe shock while cavorting on an electric wire above the station.
Dozens of humans watched, took videos and snapped photos on Dec. 21, but none made a move to help as the doggedly determined little monkey shook, bit, slapped, and splashed water on the unconscious primate.
When his companion was finally revived, the two huddled together in a safe space between the tracks.