Do any animals exhibit altruistic behavior?



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    There are many examples of non-human animals exhibiting animals – and not all come from the species we normally think of as being the most intelligent or advanced, either.  Many instances of altruism do come from highly intelligent animals like whales and dolphins, primates, and elephants.  However other mammals and birds exhibit altruism as well, one of the most common examples being when an individual in a group “stands guard” while others feed.  Even some insects like honey bees can be altruistic.  There are many different views among scientists as to how altruism evolves in nature, and it probably varies from one species to another.  Altruism obviously has evolutionary benefits in some situations, however, or it would not have evolved so many times. 

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