When you picture a cat caring for her young, many images spring to mind, but a cradling a tiny monkey on her back is probably not one of those thoughts.
But for a 16-year-old cat named Rosinka, toting around a baby monkey adopted from a Russian zoo is just another duty for this new mom.
Rosinka came to have this tiny baby through an oddity of nature. For some reason, the three-week-old squirrel monkey, Fedor, was rejected by his mother. She refused to carry the little guy on her back, which is essential for him to survive the first few months of life.
So the director of Tyumen Zoo decided to carry out an experiment. He brought the monkey home with him and introduced the little guy to Rosinka, who never had any kittens of her own. She saw value in what his own mother rejected and adopted the little one as her own.
Now, the two are inseparable. She is consistently toting him around on her back, except for those times he needs to be fed his baby milk. The director says the monkey will stay with his adopted Mom for about a month or two until he is strong enough to be transferrer back to the zoo with his relatives.
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