This is such a heartwarming story, even though it began as cruelly as it did — or perhaps because of it. For most baby monkeys, being rejected by their mothers means a certain death, even in the relative safety of a wildlife reserve — you are just so dependent on your mom for pretty much everything.
And that is precisely what happened to Mubi the baby monkey — she was rejected by her mother Yola at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, England. However, Fate smiled favorably on tiny Mubi when she was adopted into the family of Simon Jeffrey — the head of the primate section at the reserve.
But it got even better. While Mr. Jeffrey took on the role of adoptive father to Mubi, an African drill monkey, his Jack Russell pups Daisy and Ian became her siblings and the three became the happiest of playmates.
Mr. Jeffrey shares the experience of caring for Mubi:
The first week was exhausting. Mubi needed feeds every two hours, right through the day and night. Thankfully, after the first week she started sleeping through the night.
During the day I take her to work and the team look after her at the enclosure where she can see her parents. When I’ve finished working in the reserve, she comes home with me.
He is hopeful that, in time, Mubi will return to her monkey family in the reserve and help her endangered species survive. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Mubi is introduced to one of Simon’s Jack Russell puppies. Mubi was rejected by her mother Yola at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, but now has pups Daisy and Ian for company.
2. Mubi shows how comfortable she is with Daisy by letting the pup give her a kiss. Mr. Jeffrey, head of the primate section at the reserve, has taken on the role of adoptive father.
3. Mubi leans across to give her friend a gentle stroke. African drills are an endangered species, whose population has dropped by more than half over the past 30 years due to hunting and deforestation.
4. Mubi with her surrogate father, Simon Jeffrey — and her toy gorilla. After all this loving care, Simon is hopeful that little Mubi will be able to return to her family in the reserve.
And here is the video:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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