Animals

By Hayley Pugh


These heartbreaking images show a traumatised baby monkey clinging to a teddy bear after witnessing the murder of his family.

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The tiny northern pig-tailed macaque is just two-months-old and was saved after being poached from the wild and kept as a pet.

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Rescuers at the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand (WFFT) believe the vulnerable youngster was forced to watch the murder of his family before being cruelly snatched.

The macaque, called Mongkood, was given a teddy by kind-hearted staff at WFFT and has since found comfort in the bear – playing with it and snuggling up to it to go to sleep.

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A spokesperson at WFFT said: “Little Mongkood is still bewildered and confused as where his mother has gone.

“He is still crying for his mothers’ care and love, scared and unsure of what his future holds.

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“We will do everything we can to make his transition to life in captivity as stress free as we can.

“For now, he is under the 24-hour care of the WFFT vet team.”

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species lists the Northern pig-tailed macaque as vulnerable.

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These animals are hunted and traded for food, sport and medicine and a well-trained macaque can sell for up to £800.