BANGLADESH – In a rare example of care, a monkey has been mothering an abandoned kitten for about a month in the district’s Sreemangal upazila.
Sometimes the monkey breast-feeds the baby cat and even shares her food with it.
Locals have been visiting the Bird Breeding Centre on Jalalia Road in Sreemangal just to see the animals.
They were taken by complete surprise to see the monkey having fun with the kitten.
If any visitor tried to come closer, the monkey would cuddle the baby cat close against her chest. The scene touched the hearts of many visitors, stated Monib Rahman, a visitor from Dhaka.
Abdul Ahad Mia, who is director at the Breeding Centre, explained that they had a pet monkey couple with no babies. One month ago, the male monkey found the newborn cat and took it to the female monkey.
Since that time, the female monkey has been looking after the kitten like a mother, he added.
He went on to explain that although these monkeys are omnivorous, they didn’t harm the kitten.