It’s not unknown for dogs to adopt baby monkeys – but this canine mum must be the most patient yet.
Pictures emerging from the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh shows a cheeky simian gripping firmly onto its adoptive mum’s teats as she walks across a yard in Mungeli before flopping down in front of a motorcycle.
Then the monkey drinks its fill, as the weary dog gives in to the inevitable.
Locals have expressed their surprise and delight at the tight bond between the two animals.
It’s not known exactly how long they’ve been friends or how the unlikely partnership came about.
It echoes a similar “odd couple” relationship between a baby monkey and a dog in the state of Himachal Pradesh, northern India, which was reported in March of the year.
In that case, Prakash Badal, who took pictures of the two animals, said: “The monkey infant seemed to be about 10 days old when locals poisoned the adult monkeys because it is said they are destroying their crops.
“This infant survived and the dog adopted it. Although sometimes there are conflicts between monkeys and dogs, the relationship of a mother is more important.”
Prakash continued: “I felt that when a mother saw a baby who is very small and left alone and there is nobody to take care of him, the maternal instinct took initiative to adopt a small baby even if it’s from different species.”
Monkeys have been designated as “vermin” in some areas of India, allowing farmers to kill them indiscriminately if they believe they’re damaging their crops.
The farmers often set their dogs to hunt monkeys.
But in Pattaya, Thailand, this week a gang of wild monkeys turned the tables, attacking a pair of dogs and killing them.
Residents of the Najomtien Soi 52 Community reported that that two crab-eating macaques that had been prowling the neighbourhood for a while had joined forces with another pair and together the gang attacked and bit two dogs, killing them.
Officers from the Khao Chee Chan wildlife preserve managed to trap three of the monkey gang by baiting traps with popcorn but the fourth macaque, apparently realising what was going on, tore open one of the popcorn bags, grabbed a handful and made good his escape.