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. (Daily Mail)

Abandoned monkey finds love with a pigeon

2 thoughts on “Abandoned monkey finds love with a pigeon

  • 10/01/2007 at 1:29 PM

    What a beautiful relationship. I wonder as the monkey (and the other animals age) what happens to the bond. If it’s more of a biological need to be nurtered and nurture or if it’s something deeper.

  • 10/01/2007 at 2:04 PM

    I’m not really sure, but it’s a good question. My feeling is that the bond is more than biological. It seems that animals minus rationality (often a blessing!) connect on a purely feeling level. That’s why there’s no judgment in this particular case, like, “eew you’re not my species, now scat!” When there’s a need nature simply fills it.

    Other readers: Erin’s post didn’t link to her blog (with Jenny) for some reason, but it’s worth visiting.

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