Commuters at a railway station in India’s northern city of Kanpur witnessed an inspiring act of animal heroism recently.
A monkey was electrocuted while walking on high tension wires, falling unconscious onto a small platform in between the two sets of railway tracks.
But the electrocuted monkey had one thing going in its favor that day: an intelligent and loyal friend that new a thing or two about first aid!
The heroic companion tried a number of tactics to bring its friend back to consciousness, including biting, shaking and hitting the unconscious monkey. It even dunked the unresponsive monkey in a small pool of water at one point.
After about 20 minutes, the monkey began to regain his consciousness, moving and showing signs of life. Check it out in the video below!
The monkeys in the video appear to be rhesus macaques, a species of monkey common in northern India and across southeast Asia.
Rhesus macaques are highly intelligent, and have demonstrated a number of complex cognitive abilities, including the ability to monitor their own mental states.
In 2011, cognitive psychologist Justin J. Couchman of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo published research suggesting that rhesus monkeys have a basic sense of “self-agency” – an awareness that they are the cause of specific actions.
The heroic rhesus monkey in the video above definitely seemed to have a good understanding of not only itself and its environment, but also the precarious situation of a friend in need.