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Heartbreaking Video Shows Baby Monkey Refusing To Leave Dead Mum's Side

Heartbreaking Video Shows Baby Monkey Refusing To Leave Dead Mum's Side

The mum was knocked down by a vehicle while crossing a road

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

*WARNING - This article contains distressing content.*

A truly upsetting video has emerged of a baby monkey crying by the side of its dead mother.

The adult monkey was killed while crossing a road on the Bareily-Badayun road in Uttar Pradesh, India.

While we are often guilty of anthropomorphism, it is hard to argue that the monkey's baby is anything other than inconsolable with grief in the video.

The baby monkey was originally discovered clinging to its dead mother in the middle of the road, covered in her blood and screeching with sorrow. The mother was then dragged from the road, with the baby refusing to let go of her and continuing to hug her body by the side of the road.

The look in the baby's eyes is nothing short of heartbreaking, so please do not watch it unless you feel up to it.

In the video, a man can be heard saying: "The mother is dead, what to do with the baby."

To which, another man replies: "Leave her in the jungle some monkey may find it."

While the video is extremely upsetting, there is some small consolation to be had, in that the baby monkey was not left to fend for itself, thanks to a government forest department which rescued it.

It is also reported that the mother was buried with religious rites.

The baby monkey is clearly devastated by the loss of its mother.

A local is reported as saying: "A villager who also was on the spot later took it to be buried with last rites as monkeys are considered to be in the shape of the monkey god Hanuman and any dead monkey is buried with religious rites."

Hanuman is one of the most celebrated and worshipped figures in Indian religion, appearing in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh texts. The monkey god is normally depicted with a human body a red monkey's face and a tail. It is believed that worshipping the god will rid people of fear and danger.

In 2014, nearly 200 Indian villagers shaved their heads and 700 more shaved their beards to mourn the death of a drowned macaque. Wary of the death bringing bad luck, the monkey received a funeral procession and cremation.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: World News, Animals, monkey