Monkey-pigeon friendship in shelter in China

This video says about itself: ‘Visitors at a zoo in Thailand witness the bizarre sights of tiger cubs suckling a sow and piglets playing with a fully grown tiger.’

From the Daily Mail in Britain:

The abandoned monkey who has found love with a pigeon

Last updated at 18:39pm on 13th September 2007

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 deer named Mi-Lu befriended lurcher Geoffrey at the Knowsley Animal Park in Merseyside after she was rejected by her mother.

Macaques: here.

2 thoughts on “Monkey-pigeon friendship in shelter in China

  1. Endangered monkey species doubles population in China

    Guiyang (China), Sep 6 : The number of wild snub-nosed monkeys, an endangered species found only in China’s southwestern Guizhou province, has more than doubled to around 850 over the past three decades, officials said.

    The monkey, the rarest among the three species of golden monkeys found in China, mainly lives in the 419-sq-km mountainous Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve in Guizhou.

    Thanks to the steady improvement of the environment and government protection measures. the number of these monkeys has risen to around 850 compared with 400 in 1979, according to officials of the nature reserve.

    The monkey’s reproductive cycle is three to six years. It is on the list of China’s most endangered wild animals.

    Since 1992, the officials of the nature reserve have successfully bred 16 such monkeys in captivity under a special programme.

    — IANS

  2. China to artificially breed rare golden monkeys

    2012-08-30 14:50:43 GMT2012-08-30 22:50:43(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

    WUHAN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — China is expected to set up the country’s first artificial breeding base for the endangered golden monkeys within the year.

    The base will be set up in the Shennongjia Nature Reserve in central China’s Hubei Province, which is home to about 1,200 golden monkeys, according to the reserve’s management bureau’s research institute.

    The base will help increase the population of the endangered golden monkeys in Shennongjia by conquering key technical problems, said Yang Jingyuan, director with the institute.

    Regarded as China’s “state treasure,” just like giant pandas, golden monkeys are classified as under top level protection.

    In natural conditions, the birth rate of Shennongjia golden monkeys is about 4 percent, with the survival rate of monkey cubs at only 6 percent.

    “It is still an unsolved scientific question why the golden monkeys in Shennongjia become pregnant between August and October. And the female monkeys can only deliver one cub every two years,” Yang said.

    He said that, researchers will focus on increasing the monkey’s pregnant probability by human assistance techniques, artificial fertilization and nutritional regulation.

    The Shennongjia golden monkeys, who live in thick forests at altitudes of between 1,680 to 3,000 meters, are on the verge of extinction.

    They were first spotted in Shennongjia in the 1960s. The first census of the golden monkeys in the 1980s revealed that only 501 of the primates lived in the area.

    The golden monkeys in Shennongjia belong to the species of Rhinopithecus roxellanae, or Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, which is one of the five golden monkey species in the world.

    Located in the northwestern mountains in Hubei, the Shennongjia reserve boasts rich natural forest resources and animal species.

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