Situated on the Kaveri River in southern India citizens of Erode are no stranger to seeing jungle wildlife in and around their city. They were however quite surprised recently when a rhesus macaque was found in possession of, and seemed to be caring for, a young puppy.
How the wild monkey came to adopt the dog, no one can say, but her relationship to the little one is shockingly maternal.
As word of their friendship began to spread, locals gathered near their haunt to get a glimpse of this rare and unlikely relationship.
“People who have seen them spoke 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.”
The macaque would even defend her canine charge from aggressive stray dogs!
“Their undying affection gives us a valuable lesson about relationships.”
As the puppy has gotten older she was taken to a local shelter and will soon be put up for adoption to find a forever family. But their sweet relationship should be a reminder to us all. Love knows no bounds.
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