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Another story to consider:

"From the bedraggled pelt of her kill crawls a tiny infant - a one-day-old baboon. In that moment, this young leopard forgets she is a hunter, and nurtures the baby baboon as if it were her own cub."

A difficult occurrence to reconcile with many theses of metaphysics, particularly those that are heavily materialist in influence. Why would a predatory carnivore save and protect something that it should clearly identify as food? A typical behaviouralist argument might be that the leopard behaved in a manner stemming from genetic impulses to protect helpless infants, which were erroneously directed to a being of the 'incorrect' species. 'A good enough answer?

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notebuyer
Jan. 12th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's not that unusual a story line, though "raised by wolves" is more common. Of course, Leonardo DiCaprio's latest movie keys on similar behavior, and it is there supposed to be commendable, for similarly non-Darwinian reasons.
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