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Monkey Mamma

Mother monkey protects baby kittens against the crowsStraight out of Wild Kingdom, another “never seen before” in India: a monkey with 2 kittens!

Our neighbors grabbed us this afternoon to take pictures of a mother monkey who has adopted two kittens and is taking care of them up in the trees! I would never believe it, had Alea and I not watched them today.

Protecting the babies (not more than a month or so old) against the vicious crows that would feed on unprotected babies, she swung down out of a tree onto a rooftop. She was trying to find a spot away from the birds, and we were helping her on by shooting the crows with water guns. We could see them clearly – and hear them meowing – and they certainly looked well cared for. This is apparently the second time she’s been spotted, so some sort of maternal instinct is obviously at work.

This event was doubly unusual in that we have never seen wild monkeys around our house. Watching her disappear back into the tree, we could tell why – the camouflage is amazing.  We don’t know what is going to become of the babies, but our neighbor remarked that they’ll be good climbers when they grow up!

I put together a series of pictures and descriptions on our webpage, so you can see a bit more of this pretty amazing occurrence…

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4 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Very cool, unless they become a monkey-juggling-kittens act, then not very cool.

    1. Uncle Rob on March 10th, 2010 at 8:27 am
  2. This is amazing! Great photography and narrative. I’m so glad Martin shared it with me.

    2. Diana Reinsmoen on March 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am
  3. BTW, the whole family loves the pictures and story.

    3. Uncle Rob on March 11th, 2010 at 7:15 am
  4. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before but after going through a few of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely pleased I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

    4. Happy holi on March 2nd, 2016 at 7:23 pm

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