In the past, stories about monkeys in India have garnered quite a bit of attention. Usually those tales are pretty negative. For instance, there was the monkey that stole and crashed a bus in the city of Bareilly. And then there was that kleptomaniac monkey that steals glasses off people’s faces. Despite that negative press, our monkey tale for today is going to get you in the feels.
In the village of Rode, India, in the state of Punjab, residents for the last week have been singing the praises of one caring monkey. A female rhesus macaque, believed to be around five years old, has adopted a stray puppy. Loose canines are common in India, but for whatever reason, the primate took quite a shine to the little male mutt. With his new bodyguard constantly at his side, the puppy has been gaining weight and appears healthy in the photos of the duo.
Villagers have become so enamored of the inter-species pair that they provide food for the monkey and dog whenever possible. In those touching moments, the primate’s maternal instincts kick in and she makes sure the puppy is well-fed before she takes anything for herself. In addition to sustenance, she also carries her adopted son around in her arms. In those rare moments when a larger dog may think it is okay to bully the puppy, the monkey bares her teeth and pummels the dog until it flees.
The two make a weird pair, but they are certainly adorable.