The world of animals is an endlessly fascinating one. They have a way of surprising us with their behavior. They're often a lot smarter than we give them credit for and, even though the animal kingdom gets a bad rep for being ruthless, they also have an incredible capacity to love.
We've seen all kinds of unlikely animal friendships in the past, and this one is easily my favorite so far. Earlier this month, in the city of Erode in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a local rhesus macaque monkey came across a puppy and decided to adopt it. The monkey cared for the dog just as he would have cared for his own child, defending it from attacks, feeding it and carrying it around.
This is the tale of the puppy that was rescued by a monkey.
The monkey found the puppy being attacked by other stray dogs. He jumped down from a tree to defend the little guy. He then took a liking to the pup and adopted him.
Whenever it was time to eat, he made sure the puppy always ate first. Isn't that sweet?
He took the puppy with him everywhere, holding on to it as they scampered through the streets.
The monkey even groomed the puppy just like he would with his own child. Is he a great foster dad or what?
I wonder if he thinks the puppy might one day get used to life in the trees?
He made sure to share all his snacks with his new ward.
Local residents were touched by the bond between this unlikely duo, and the pair quickly became local celebrities. People started to leave them offerings of food and marveled at how affectionately the monkey took care of the puppy.
The pair even got some news coverage. Zee News, a major Indian news outlet, reported the following: "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.”
“Their undying affection gives us a valuable lesson about relationships."
Sadly, the story takes an unfortunate turn. It seems the puppy and the monkey may have been separated and Forest Department officials might now be in custody of the puppy. This news comes from exclusively Tamil-language new sites that have been very roughly translated via Google Translate, so it is currently unverified. This story will be updated if more information presents itself.