In an unsual case, a rhesus macaque took up a young puppy and started mothering it in a residential colony in Haridwar on Tuesday. According to residents of Gayatri Vihar colony, the simian took the two-day old puppy in its arms and entered a house in the colony. It did not let go of the puppy and carried it while scaling buildings in the locality.
The locals were surprised on seeing the actions of the monkey. Some of them tried to separate the simian from the puppy but the monkey would not leave the pup. Concerned for the infant puppy, the local residents informed the forest department personnel about the situation. The forest department team arrived at the site and then managed to capture the monkey using a net gun. After the puppy was separated from the monkey, the simian was released by the department personnel as crowds of curious onlookers cheered.
The divisional forest officer Akash Verma said that this was a case very different in nature from the usual incidents. The monkey and puppy were safely separated. It is pertinent to mention here that at times, female mammals tend to adopt infants of other species when their maternal instinct is heightened.
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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