Heartbreaking video shows how mother monkey wore and cared for her baby for 10 days after she died and started to mummify and rot
- WARNING: CONTAINS FOOTAGE SOME VIEWERS CAN FIND UPSETTING
- The monkey was observed by a student in a game reserve in South Africa
- She had carried her stillborn baby for 10 days before they noticed
- And she still cared for and wore it around even though it started to rot
- Animals such as elephants, dolphins, whales and magpies are known to mourn
Heart-rending footage shows a monkey spinning around and taking care of the body of its child, who was still born 10 days earlier.
The vervet monkey, who lives in the Elephant West Game Reserve in South Africa, continued to care for the baby for more than a week after his death.
A student at the Campfire Academy in the Reserve, who filmed the grieving creature, said it was & # 39; very sad & # 39; and & # 39; painful & # 39; used to be.
By the time people realized what was going on, the young monkey's body had become stiff and started to mummify, as can be seen in the images.
The images show the ability of animals to feel and grieve their dead – a characteristic known to occur in creatures such as elephants, whales, dolphins, wolves and even magpies.
The mother monkey carried his baby, stillborn, 10 days before the game reserve students realized what was going on
Tracey Mobley, who is studying at the Campfire Academy, said: & # 39; It was very sad and empathetic.
& # 39; She looked deserted as if she were mourning and she kept trying to put him in a tree as if encouraging him to move and hold, it was very painful to see.
& # 39; It was just very moving and we had many discussions about when a person gives birth to a still-born child and how little time they have to mourn. & # 39;
Monkeys are known to mourn their deaths and have been observed in similar rituals in the past.
A video released in 2017 showed a mother chimpanzee using a stalk of grass to clean the teeth of her dead son in a ritual that had never been seen before.
And other beings are also seen in moving mourning rituals.
Scientists from a whale research center on the San Juan Islands in Washington saw an orca prop propping his newborn newborn to try and keep it on the surface.
Researchers have discovered that whales and dolphins watch & # 39; watch & # 39; for their dead and can cling to the lifeless bodies of their offspring for days to prevent them from being eaten.
Even magpies have been seen in mourning rituals, gathered around a fallen comrade in what scientists describe as funerals, affectionately pecking the corpse in the same way elephants have caressed their dead with their suitcases.
However, monkeys were also observed who ate their deaths – researchers in Italy saw a macaque cannibalize the remains of his own baby weeks after his death.
The monkey was cared for and carried his deceased child around. Tracey Mobley, the student who recorded the behavior on camera, said: & # 39; She looked deserted as if she was grieving and she kept trying to put it in a tree as if she encouraged it to move and hold it, it was very painful to watch & # 39;
The monkey that Miss Mobley saw gave birth to the stillborn child 10 days before she approached students and they realized what was happening on October 19.
It's common that primates continue to care for dead relatives, Miss Mobley said, but not for long.
She added: “To begin with, she always clung to it and then gradually began to carry it in her hand and occasionally let it go, and then she would wear it in her mouth to make full use of it. making all her limbs like when she would climb trees.
& # 39; To begin with, the monkey was still pretty limp with its arms and legs dangling.
& # 39; After a day or so you could see it had become stiff and by the end it was almost mummified and didn't look like a monkey at all.
& # 39; The scent was quite powerful and if she would leave it near where you were sitting, you could smell it clearly. & # 39;
HOW ANIMALS ARE THEIR DEAD
Several species have seen their mourning for their deceased relatives and, in some cases, showing human-like behavior after a companion has died.
elephantsfor example, it is known that they visit and smell dead companions, make contact with their suitcases, and go and look repeatedly at a member of their group who have died.
This vervet monkey on a game reserve in South Africa was seen and wore the body of her stillborn baby for 10 days after his death, by that time it had become stiff and started to rot
chimpanzeesWhen they were confronted with a death in their group, they saw themselves gathering around the corpse and cleaning or caring for the dead body. They can also refuse to visit the place where that monkey died after a few days. Chimpanzees are also thought to mourn their mother's life for a lifetime, because orphans are less social and less active than others.
Magpies is seen that the bodies of their dead were buried under twigs and also to lovingly peck the dead body, in what scientists described as a & # 39; magpie burial & # 39 ;.
peccaries, a kind of wild pig in the US, has been seen visiting their deceased relatives and nibbling and sleeping next door.
Whales and dolphins are also known to grieve their deceased relatives and scientists have seen in the past that the mothers dedicate or carry their dead young and try to keep them afloat so that predators do not eat them.
Source: Smithonsian Magazine