One honeybee giving another a “helping hand”

The helping hand:

Now and again a bee flies into or out of the hive and lands ungracefully upside down.  She will twist and struggle and usually right herself.  But sometimes it looks as if this is not going to happen.  Twice I have seen a bee continue to struggle until it seemed that she was just not getting up. And both times bees continued to fly in and out of the hive totally ignoring their beached hive mate until – until some bee coming in or going out paused long enough to grab hold of the struggling bee and help her right itself.  Took only a fraction of a second – hardly enough to interrupt the helper bee’s flight path.

Such cooperative behavior– which seems to be thought up on the spot– gives use pause in terms of evaluating the intelligence of these creatures.

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