Updated: December 21, 2021 10:32:18 am
While the rule of the animal kingdom is survival of the fittest, every now and then we come across videos showing animals helping other animals. The quick intelligence and instinctive empathy of the animals never cease to amaze people.
Videos such as a dog saving a baby deer from drowning have been documented and shared widely. Of late, one similar video of a buffalo saving a tortoise has been doing the rounds of the internet.
The short video, originally credited to TikTok user @manaskamran, has been shared multiple times by netizens, including Indian Forest Service officer Mr Susanta Nanda.
Everyone can be kind…
Buffalo saving a tortoise by turning it around 💕
(As shared) pic.twitter.com/Qs4mk8A2K8
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) December 17, 2021
In the video, one can see a buffalo struggling to flip over a tortoise that has fallen on its back. The buffalo succeeds in saving the tortoise after making persistent efforts. Notably, tortoises can die if they remain on their back for a long time as the position can dislocate and disrupt their vital organs, leave them immobile and also expose their soft underbelly to predators. It takes a lot of effort for tortoises to correct their position if they flip over.
Someone explain to me, in the face of this compassion and intelligence, how we treat animals so poorly
— @MySeachForJoy (@myseachforjoy) December 16, 2021
It is how gentle you are that matters, especially when you are very strong. https://t.co/bOw4qHdEt4
— Balaji Jagannathan (@balajij299) December 18, 2021
Quite often these tortoises Falls upside down and expose themselves to the mercy of others, watch the other one here this young man have saved it really 😊 pic.twitter.com/9G12JIA6Kn
— ncsukumar (@ncsukumar1) December 18, 2021
In the video, people can be heard cheering on the buffalo in its attempt to save the tortoise. It appears that both the buffalo and the tortoise are in an animal sanctuary of sorts. According to a Twitter user, the video was taken at a zoo in Rishon LeZion, Israel.
It happened at a zoo in Rishon Lezion Israel. Zebras, buffalo and turtles live together in the African yard at the zoo. During courtship the male turtles push other males on the back as part of the fight for females. 1/2
— David Morad (@dudumorad) December 17, 2021
This small but important act of kindness has left people in awe. A Twitter user exclaimed, “Amazing how he knew the turtle needed help!”