Some people find it quite simple to accept the idea that in nature, only the law of the strongest applies, and that this rule applies to all species. A family of monkeys, however, defied all expectations, and their inspiring tale of unity proves that human beings are not the only species to have sentiments of kinship and camaraderie.
The Gaziantep Zoo in southern Turkey serves as the backdrop for this fantastic narrative. Here, several rescued monkeys who were rescued from the brutal hands of a smuggling network that benefits from these creatures’ existence live.
Smugglers took three macaque siblings from their mother’s clutches, but thankfully, an organization specifically tasked with taking down this kind of network was able to save them.
One of these three brothers—the monkey—has Down syndrome, which makes him one of a kind. The other macaques have not rejected it, despite the fact that this is a somewhat uncommon occurrence in the species. On the contrary, the two brothers go above and beyond to look out for and assist their brother Down.
The monkey’s illness had initially escaped the zookeepers’ notice, but they soon became aware of the way the other animals were constantly cuddling and hugging the monkey, as if to shield him.
Veterinarians had noted that one of the three had a little unusual face and longer arms, but they had not yet recognized the child’s particular condition, according to Celal Zsöyler, head of the local wildlife authority in the municipality. It appears that the other tiny monkeys were well aware of the situation.
“It appears that the other brothers were aware of it and were concerned about him. They always give him food and keep him company. We are currently waiting for them to mature; once they reach the appropriate size, they will mix with the other monkeys here, said Zsöyler.
Although a zoo is not the best environment for any animal, the one in Gaziantep provides a haven for a large number of animals who have been captured by unscrupulous individuals looking to profit from wildlife.
These little children just want to safeguard their sibling after losing their mother.