“A widely reported study informs us that monkeys like being generous (to certain other monkeys). Here it is, as reported by Reuters: Monkeys experience joy of giving, too, study finds.
Here’s the key finding: ‘Tests in capuchin monkeys showed the animals consistently chose to share food with another monkey if given the option, suggesting they are capable of empathy …’
I’m not sure what this tells us: Monkey generosity supports human generosity? If monkeys can do it, surely we can too? Philanthropy lives deep in our psyche, at some pre-human level that we don’t understand?
But it does raise a question: Can we rent lists of these generous monkeys’ names? Seems worth a test.”
— Sept. 16, “Can you call it ‘philanthropy’ when monkeys do it?,” posted by Jeff Brooks on his Donor Power Blog.