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December 14, 2005
No monkey business this
Udhagamandalam, India: A dog may be man's best friend but it took a monkey
to turn saviour to a puppy at Lovedale near here. For the past few
days, people in the town are witness to a rare display of love and
The puppy, all wet and shivering in the winter cold, was first seen
near the railway station on Sunday, according to the Station Master,
N. Pramod. Even as the locals were wondering what to do, a monkey
descended on the scene from a nearby tree. It did not waver, didn't
have a second thought. It patted the puppy affectionately, cuddled
it, and then lifted it up and ran into the nearby forest.
The locals looked on amazed. On Monday the saviour and its charge
could not be spotted. Come Tuesday, the monkey, holding the puppy
close, appeared atop Mr. Pramod's house. When people tried to get
close, the monkey fled up a tree with the puppy clutched to its
It then proceeded to eat some nuts, feeding the puppy too.
After a while, the monkey came down and sat on a roof and accepted
some food from onlookers. It shared the tidbits with the puppy,
cuddling and kissing it all the while. As more and more people
converged on the scene, monkey and friend walked off into the forest.
And, thereby hangs a tale of love.