Baby monkey clings to mother’s body in leopard’s mouth

Although the mother monkey was taken away by the predator, the baby monkey did not let go and was eventually killed.

Baby vervet monkey holding mother’s body in South Luangwa . National Park
Photographer Shafeeq Mulla captured the heartbreaking scene of a vervet monkey mother in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. The photos were taken in October but have only been shared recently, Sun reported on March 16. Even though the mother monkey died and was swallowed by the leopard, the baby monkey still did not let go. The baby monkey was also later killed by leopards, led by Olimba.

“Nature is not always beautiful and this photo shows us the harsh realities of life. For a sustainable environment, some animals must die in order for others to survive,” Mulla shared. .

Last year, a similar scene was captured by photographer Hendri Venter in the Zimanga nature reserve, South Africa. The lion, weighing about 180 kg, grabbed the mother monkey’s carcass while the cubs were still clinging to it.
The vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) is an animal native to Africa. They usually have a black face, silver gray or greenish-gray body, according to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). Vervet monkeys are omnivores, weighing an average of 3 – 5 kg and 40 – 60 cm long, with a tail length of 30 – 50 cm. Their average lifespan is 30 years.

Vervet monkeys have a gestation period of about 5.5 months. At birth, baby monkeys have black fur and pink faces. After 3-4 months, they change to the same color as adults. During the first week, newborn monkeys usually cling to the mother’s womb. After about three weeks, they began to move on their own and try to play with other small monkeys.

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