Innumerable incidents of living beings abandoned to their fate exist, including countless cases of human newborns and helpless animals that lose their lives as a result of negligence and human brutality.
Fortunately, numerous rescue groups are able to modify their fate in many other circumstances. But this time, it was a dog in Cartagena, Colombia, who changed the course of a poor monkey’s life. And all of the people who live there have been moved to tears.
The narrative begins 18 months ago, when the ape was a little child who had been kidnapped from its natural environment, a forest in the country’s north, and abandoned.
They were never seen apart after that, making it the prettiest spectacle Colombians could have witnessed.
The dog accepted the puppy as if it were her own litter, and she did have experience with puppies because she had recently been a mother but had lost her litter, which is how the monkey entered her life.
While escorting its new mother about the city, the dog suckled him in the same manner she did with her babies, and the monkey discovered the optimal posture to rest comfortably on its back.
They didn’t take long to get the notice of Cartagena’s Environmental and Ecological Police, who were fascinated about the strange connection between animals.
“This monkey never gets off the dog; he spends the entire day on it.” We attempted to bring it down. “When we grab it, he runs and jumps on the back of the canine,” said Anderson Blanquiceth of the Environmental and Ecological Police.
When trying to care for them individually, it was inconceivable that there was no aggressiveness on his part; clearly, the monkey was terrified of being away from his comfortable home, and did nothing but cling to his adoptive mother, tearing out his claws whenever they tried to separate them.
The relationship developed between the dog and the capuchin monkey is termed imprinting, according to Enrique Zerda, an ethologist at the National University, and it is permanent once the affective union happens in the brain of an animal.
He believes that the ape would not survive the split and, moreover, that in the jungle, it would be rejected by its own species’ representatives.
“They establish in their brain the recognition of who their mother is, the recognition of their species,” Zerda explained.
“These difficulties are identical to those that occur in people; after all, primates and humans share the same brain mechanism, so it would occur in the same way that a human youngster torn from its mother and isolated would.” “I suppose the animal would perish,” the specialist concluded.
Another concern is that the monkey will be rejected by its species since it is unable to defend itself in the wild.
According to Zerda, adoption across species does not occur naturally, but is the result of particular circumstances, which in this case would be tied to a hypothetical example of species trafficking.