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Mom Spots Baby Monkey With Rescuer & Rushes To Reunite With Him.

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Native to Africa, vervet monkeys have almost human-like qualities, not just from a physical standpoint, but in their social structure as well: Mess with one of them and you mess with all of them.

So, when volunteers with a vervet monkey rescue center heard about an injured monkey, they knew they would be met with some resistance by his family when they went to collect him. His mother did whatever she could to keep them at bay, screaming at the team and baring an impressively sharp set of fangs…


But this monkey, later named Pearce, had to be separated from his family because he needed medical care. A high school student in Amanzimtoti, on South Africa’s east coast, discovered him in the fall of 2017 with a severely injured leg, and immediately got in touch with the Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre.

The organization rescues, rehabilitates, and releases vervets into the wild, and tries to educate the public so people will come to see them as something more than furry pests. But their altruistic endeavors were lost on Pearce’s mother that day, and they were forced to lure him into a trap with some bits of food. The rest of his gang was furious when they realized he’d been tricked, said one Umsizi volunteer, Nigel Wright.

Some tried to open the door to release him, while others displayed threatening behaviour towards us by grunting and showing their teeth … Vervet monkeys have huge canine teeth that are razor-sharp and would inflict serious damage if they bite you.


Pearce spent the next several weeks recovering at the center. Meanwhile, his family was probably still in mourning, thinking they’d never see him again.

But, of course, they were wrong. Once he was fully recovered and ready to be released into the wild once more, volunteers put him in a carrier and headed out to reunite him with his family. It took a while for them to find the troop, but when they did, Nigel said, they were greeted by “30 very unhappy monkeys.”

Pearce, however, was so excited. Rescuers said he hollered for his mom and did cartwheels in his carrier before they even let him out!


The moment they opened his cage so he can rejoin his troop is one of the most heartwarming things you’ll ever see.

Pearce makes a beeline for the roof of the nearby building, where the rest of his family is gathered. One of the monkeys, probably Mama Vervet, is so impatient for him to get on the roof that she reaches down, grabs him by the scruff of the neck, and hauls him up the rest of the way.


Once a mom always a mom.

Check out the entire sweet reunion in the video below, and don’t forget to share the heartwarming family moment with someone who needs a smile!

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