Yesterday my inbox overflowed with people sending me a link to a video of a bear saving a drowning crow at the Budapest Zoo. Watch as the bear gently plucks the crow out of the water, places it down, and resumes eating. It's impossible to know what the bear was thinking and feeling but clearly he saved the crow from drowning.
This rescue reminded me of a female bonobo named Kuni who rescued a stunned starling at the Twycross zoo, the details of which can be read here.
"One day, Kuni encountered a starling that had been stunned during some misadventure. Fearing that she might injure the bird, Kuni’s keeper urged her to let it go. Kuni, however, picked up the starling with one hand, and climbed to the top of the highest tree in her enclosure, wrapping her legs around the trunk so that she had both hands free to hold the bird. She then carefully unfolded its wings and spread them wide open. She threw the bird as hard as she could towards the barrier of the enclosure. Unfortunately, it didn’t wake up, and landed on the bank of the enclosure’s moat. While her rescue attempt didn't succeed, Kuni certainly seemed to act with good intentions, and tried to make amends by guarding the vulnerable, unconscious bird from a curious juvenile for quite some time."