Thursday, September 13, 2007

Baby Monkey + Grown Up Pigeon = Sweetest Family Ever

From The Daily Mail:

The abandoned monkey who has found love with a pigeon

They're an odd couple in every sense but a monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable at an animal sanctuary in China.

The 12-week-old macaque - who was abandoned by his mother - was close to death when it was rescued on Neilingding Island, in Goangdong Province.

After being taken to an animal hospital his health began to improve but he seemed spiritless - until he developed a friendship with a white pigeon.

The blossoming relationship helped to revive the macaque who has developed a new lease of life, say staff at the sanctuary.

Now the unlikely duo are never far from each other's side, but they aren't the only ones to strike up an unusual friendship.

Earlier this year a pig adopted a tiger cub and raised him along with her piglets because his mother couldn't feed him.

And in 2005 a baby dear named Mi-Lu befriended lurcher Geoffrey at the Knowsley Animal Park in Merseyside after she was rejected by her mother.


Peter said...

That is AMAZING. Not only the relationship, but also the profound health effects. Maybe it only works when you befriend pigeons. But I'm pretty sure it works with monkeys as well.

Someone sent me some pictures a few days ago along similar lines about a real life Bambi & Thumper in BC, and now I see they're on the 'tube.

Melissa said...

Oh my God, I just cooed and told everyone I know about Bambi and Thumper.

I think that any animal pairing is possible and restorative, when in a situation where each has been separated from their own kind - we're all just looking to form a pack, or a flock, or a family, aren't we?

Peter said...

Well, my answer to your very rhetorical question is: yup. Unless it was a personal question, in which case the answer is: yeah.

You may find this, this and this coo-worthy too.

mamaluv said...

That is such a sweet picture! Love it love it.

Melissa said...

Chickadvisor, in the house! Hey Mamaluv.

Peter, you are killing me. KILLING ME.

Foxy said...

I love that monkey.

PS: You're tagged. See my blog for details.

Peter said...

O.k., that was a bit of a 1-2-3 punch, but your picture was the five point palm exploding heart technique. I lose.