Friday, November 9, 2012

Sunny Side Up

“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
- Martin Buber -

This week’s end of the week smile is the sweetest photo of an unusual animal friendship, and the endearing story behind it.


According to Luo Hang, who heads the animal protection station on a mountainous isle in the Guangdong Province of China, one day in September 2007, a white dove landed on the ground near the station, and lingered. It seemed to have lost its mate. The staff adopted the bird, which they thought was about three years old, feeding it corn kernels and keeping it in an iron cage at the station. While patrolling the island, one of the reserve staff came across a baby macaque. It was alone, distressed, and very weak. The reserve staff took the little animal, wide-eyed and clingy, back to the station, where it quickly met and hit it off with the feathered visitor already in residence.


For two months, the macaque and the dove shared a space and delighted the staff and visitors. They snacked on corn. The monkey turned pieces over in his little hands as he nibbled; the bird pecked on fallen bits behind him. The monkey chattered; the dove cooed. And at night they slept in the cage together, each the other’s pillow and blanket. With both monkey and bird back in their natural environments, one can only wonder if they will cross paths in the future. If they do, will there be a gesture of recognition?

Story and photo found here.

14 comments:

  1. I love hearing about unusual animal friendships. I'm now obsessed with that Dog-shaming website from yesterday!

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    1. You and me both. I keep going back to see photos. Some of them are so hilarious.

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  2. Just goes to show the power of physical contact - it's so crucial for a baby's normal development - even a baby macaque :) I also love hearing about unusual animal frienships.

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    1. It sure is crucial. You can see that just by the way that adorable baby macaque is hugging the dove. So sweet.

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  3. How adorable is this?! You can bet that they will always 'remember' one another....they were there for each other at a critical time in their lives.
    Thanks for this Martha.

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    1. They were there for each other. I bet that made a world of difference for both of them.

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  4. what a cute photos and a great friendship

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  5. Always neat to see these bizarre friendships come to be.

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  6. oh, in the end all of us, of all species only want companionship...

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    1. You got it, Ana. Just someone to care about and someone to care about us.

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