We've seen videos of dogs grieving over the death of their owners or another dog. We've seen cats grieving and standing by the body of a dead friend. Thanks to shows we see in Animal Planet and videos shared in the Internet, we can get a glimpse of how empathy and grief are being felt across different species.
The feeling of deep-rooted emotion can make us humans bawl our eyes out, and can sometimes send an emotionally weak individual into a mental overdrive.
Two langur monkeys hugging and consoling each other which is a sign of deep sense of empathy.
In a new show by BBC titled Spy in the Wild, the production team installed a spy baby monkey to observe the culture of sharing babysitting duties in monkeys but the shared duties suddenly turned into a mourning session.
The spy baby is an animatronic creature which is realistic enough - with facial and eye movements - to have been easily accepted by a troop of langur monkeys in India.
Langury monkey rushed to the lifeless body of the spy monkey after it was accidentally dropped from the tree. The other langurs looked shocked and worried.
One monkey picked up and took the spy monkey up on a tree until the motherly ape accidentally dropped it. The spy monkey laid on the grass below unable to move and dead as a twig.
A juvenile langur stared down at the dead body of the spy monkey.
There was a state of panic in the faces of those monkeys who witnessed the baby fall from the tree. Some monkeys in the group took turns to check and revive the spy monkey. It seemed like the lifeless body of the spy monkey was difficult for them to watch.
Another couple of grief-stricken monkeys hugged each other.
They distanced themselves away from the robotic monkey as though paying their last respect. In apparent grief, they hugged another monkey like a mother hugging its own baby after witnessing a death of another child.
This simple act demonstrates empathy and the feeling of "what if" when something similar happens to their own precious baby.
See: ‘Social Climbing’ Strengthens Immune System, Study On Monkey Suggests