Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Computer with Internet access, and a large monitor or a digital projector and screen
Preparation for Activity
- Preview the clips and decide which to show the group.
- Set up and test the equipment and Internet connection. Cue the video clips you plan to show.
Description of Activity
Participants observe animal activity that seems to indicate love, kindness, or altruism.
Show the clips you have chosen from this list:
- A television news report shows "unlikely companions."
- Koko the gorilla plays with a kitten and reacts to the news of the kitten's death.
- A dog and cat play with and care for baby chicks.
- A hippopotamus attempting to save an impala from a crocodile. Note: The attempt is unsuccessful; footage ends with the crocodile eating the impala. You might want to stop the video at the point when the hippo walks away from the impala.
- One male tortoise flips another from its back onto its feet. Note: Not shown is the context in which this happens: The first male shoves the other onto its back to interrupt it in mating. The clip shows the first tortoise helping the other back onto its feet afterward.
- Sheep appear to try to help an injured bird by nudging it.
- Dolphin saves pygmy whales that are beached and leads them back to the ocean.
- In an animated enactment, dolphins protect humans from a shark attack.
After you show the clips, process the activity with questions such as:
- I wonder if you saw anything that surprised you or made you feel a big, "Wow" of awe.
- I wonder what you thought the animals might be feeling.
- I wonder if animals feel kindness.
- I wonder how we can show kindness for all of the living beings in the interdependent web of all life?