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It's an image that would reduce even the most hardened criminal to tears.

A photographer has captured the moment a mother held her fallen child in her arms.

The monkey wails in anguish as her baby lay motionless and limp.

It was taken in Jabalphur, India by 31-year-old Avinash Lodhi.

A mother's anguish. Image: Caters

Astonishingly, the child eventually got a second wind and made a full recovery.

Avinash said: "This picture is very close to my heart because throughout my entire photography career I have never seen anything like this.

"It was so quick I didn't even know what was happening when I took the picture but as soon as I confirmed the image I was silent for an hour.

"This moment is rare, especially with animals."

Just two months ago, a baby monkey that lost its mother in a road accident brought human passers-by to tears as it grieved its loss.

The young monkey wept sitting near its dead mother's body, after she was knocked down by a speeding vehicle in southern India on Friday.

"Losing a loved one will be painful for not just human beings. Animals too mourn. We saw the young monkey weeping over the carcass of its mother," K Saravanan, who witnessed the scene, told the Times of India.

Credit: Caters

The baby monkey saw its mother being knocked down by a vehicle while she was crossing the road.

The baby monkey tried to wake its mother and hugged her after rushing over to her.

It kept its ears on her chest as if checking her heartbeat. Soon it realised that the mother had died, and it started to weep.

Credit: Caters

Police kept the baby monkey away from the corpse while villagers carried it to a local burial ground.

There they conducted final rites of the mother monkey along with police and forestry officials.

Villager G Sathyanarayanan said: "The baby monkey jumped from one tree to another tree and followed us when we carried the carcass."

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Josh Teal

Josh Teal is a journalist at LADbible. He has contributed to the 'Knowing Me, Knowing EU' and 'UOKM8?' campaigns interviewing everyone from student drug dealers to climate change activists.

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