I was having a big talk with a couple of friends yesterday about the importance of altruism – the practice of doing good deeds with no expectation of recompense – when someone mentioned the fact that there are altruistic animals. This is a concept I’d never heard of, so naturally I went to the infallible source of information that is wikipedia. So here I pay homage to the Vervet Monkey, an animal that gives an alarm call to warn its friends when predators are coming, only to increase the chance of being attacked themselves. I’m sure we can all learn something from our furry little friends. And look at that face!