A monkey in southern India seems to have a serious case of ‘doggy love’ and has ‘adopted’ a homeless puppy.

The rhesus macaque has taken the deserted dog beneath its wing – and now the pair are inseparable.

Family: A rhesus macaque monkey in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu has adopted a homeless puppy - and cares for it as though it were its own baby

Bath time: In the remarkable tale of friendship the macaque has taken the abandoned pup under its wing and the pair are inseparable

Bizarrely, he even clutches the puppy to its chest as it leaps from a tree – as the dog holds on.

Mystery: Quite how the pair became such firm friends is unknown - but now they do everything together, from eating, cleaning and even climbing trees

Mystery: Quite how the pair became such firm friends is unknown – but now they do everything together, from eating, cleaning and even climbing trees

Doting: When a bowl of milk was put out for the furry friends, the macaque let his younger companion drink from the bowl first before he got stuck in 

Airborne: Incredibly, the monkey even clutches onto the tiny puppy as it leaps through the trees from branch to branch in the southern Indian state

Mean streets: Although an unusual pairing, the vulnerable puppy is protected by the monkey - which is seen here baring its fangs. In this picture the money is fighting off a stray dog

Fine dining: The puppy might have to become used to vegetarianism, however, as the monkey tends to feed it fruit and vegetables that it finds around the city of Erode, Tamil Nadu in southern India

Fine dining: The puppy might have to become used to vegetarianism, however, as the monkey tends to feed it fruit and vegetables that it finds around the city of Erode, Tamil Nadu in southern India

 

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