Altruistic behavior or altruism is selflessness to ensure the survival of the individual’s relatives, therefore passing on the individual’s genes. Altruistic behavior is most commonly found and seen in parents giving their lives for their offspring to survive and continue to reproduce. In this picture the mother duck is putting itself between its offspring and the potential predator(me as I was trying to get a picture). The mother duck urges its ducklings on as it tries to protect its offspring from harm. The mother duck’s first instinct is to protect its offspring, in other words altruism.