Cross-species Relationships: a lesson from the animal kingdom

My writer friend Nona Mock Wyman sent me this lovely little picture story about a rhesus macaque monkey who has adopted a stray puppy in Rode, India.  An example of cross-species caring and relationships.

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The monkey has been seen to defend the little dog from other strays, (you can just make out the pup by the front wheel).mono 2

and looks after it like a mother, even making sure the puppy eats first.

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“People who have seen them, speak of their strong mutual affection and described their bond as the most caring thing in the world — to take care of a puppy in danger and protect him like a parent,” reports Zee News.

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The unusual pair have become inseparable.mono4

She cares for the puppy as if it were her own baby. (I hope she doesn’t expect him to learn to jump from limb to limb!)mono 6

 

Locals have started to leave food out for the pair. 🙂

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Their affection gives us a valuable lesson about taking care of each other.

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