This page provides compiled descriptions and video footage to support the understanding that animals exhibit empathy, as asserted by de Waal. I will include as many primate examples as possible, but will also share examples of other animals exhibiting similar care.
1) Yawning chimps – now this may seem boring but the video below of yawning chimps, posted in March (2014), has scientific significance. Contagious yawning may be a sign of human-like empathy, and Frans de Waal and colleagues are conducting research in this area. See the article in Science News. The video clip is credited to de Waal and Campbell:
2) New film by Disney (a serious film, in collaboration with Jane Goodall) – Chimpanzee:
See also this Guardian (Observer) article about the film:
3) Frans de Waal’s video of Moral Behavior in Animals:
4) This example of elephants reuniting certainly proves that the elephants had cared for each other and had an attachment:
5) Willingness to share and life-long bonds shown in this Yale University video with David Watts, Backstage in the Wild: Yale Insights into Chimpanzees:
Although de Waal would argue that we can learn a lot about ourselves from bonobos, with their inclination to be less aggressive than chimpanzees.