By Taniya Dutta
These heart-warming images show two orphaned monkeys who are inseparable after both their mothers were electrocuted.
The baby monkeys – Luke, a 20-day-old male and Leah, a 10-day-old female, do not leave each other’s side and are always tightly hugged.
They hug each other even when being fed milk by a bottle and nap together.
They were adopted by Wildlife SoS and taken to their animal care unit where they are receiving nutritional food along with the required medication.
Dr. S.Ilayaraja, Deputy Director, Veterinary Services, Wildlife SOS said: “Our animal care unit is still fostering the monkeys and feeding them a nutritious diet.
“They are slowly adapting themselves to the natural environment and are exhibiting wild instincts in their behaviour.
“We plan on reintroducing them to the wild once they have matured.”
The female monkey was found clutching onto its dying mother after she was electrocuted by a high voltage power line in New Delhi.
A concerned passer-by rushed to their aid, but the mother had already succumbed to her injuries.
He carried the baby monkey to safety and immediately contacted the non-profit charity on their 24-hour rescue helpline for help.
A two-member rescue team was promptly dispatched to the location. In another incident, a team of Wildlife SoS rushed to rescue of a 10-day old female monkey who had lost her mother to another case of electrocution in the city.
Since they are barely a few weeks old, the monkeys are incapable of eating and surviving on their own.
It didn’t take long for the two monkeys to befriend each other and the duo is now inseparable! They spend hours playing with various toys and enrichments, feeding and even taking naps together.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS said: “The pain and trauma of losing their mother is still quite fresh in their minds and they are in need of comfort and care.
“Our dedicated veterinarians and keepers are keeping a close eye on their activities. It’s reassuring to see that they have found comfort, love and happiness in each other’s company.”