The idea of a male cat birthing coach seems to go against everything we think we know or have been taught to think about the nature of human vs animal behavior.
Humanity — 1) compassionate, sympathetic, or generous behavior or disposition: the quality or state of being humane; 2) the quality or state of being human
Synonyms: bigheartedness, charity, commiseration, compassion…
Animality — 1) a quality or nature associated with animals: a natural unrestrained unreasoned response to physical drives or stimuli; 2) the animal nature of human beings
Synonyms: animalism, beastliness, brutality, swinishness…
And yet, this male cat birthing coach is everything you would want in a human dad birthing coach – tender, supportive, protective, thoughtful …
And then there is Pretty Boy — the male cat birthing coach who slept with, sat on, and continued to knead a goat for support until she gave birth.
Maybe we give humanity too much credit and animality not enough?
Check out some other great videos showing the nurturing nature of animals:
Celebrating a Nurturing Nature
For The Joy Of Animals: Bald Eagle-Hawklet Day
Have seen the top video before and was amazed by his behaviour. It certainly goes against the grain!
Yes, the cats are especially bonded pair. But reading around the internet there are many examples of similar behaviors. I guess I am just fascinated by nurturing behaviors we seem to think of as one-offs. That turn out not to be. Of course, you all probably see more “behaviors” than the average pet owner could ever dream of!