Nature, at times, can seem unpredictably cruel, acting without discernible reason or purpose. But even in the midst of the most inexplicable tragedy, human compassion can be seen so clearly.
Earlier this week, more than two dozen short-finned pilot whales became stranded in shallow water along the coast of East Java, in Indonesia. Rather than stand by and watch as the animals perished, however, folks living in the area rushed in to help as many as they could.
Among them was a boy. Lacking the strength to move one helpless animal back toward deeper waters, he chose instead to simply offer her a comforting embrace.