A heart-warming video has shown an unlikely friendship between a group of monkeys and a rat.
The group of four monkeys were filmed playing with the rodent by petting its head and pulling its tail in a playful way on Mount Emei, China, in early June.
Experts said monkeys and the rats in the area have always been friends as primates do not find rats intimidating because of the rodents’ smaller size.
The pictures above show one of the monkeys pulling the rat’s tail gently on Mount Emei, China
The chubby rat had sneaked into the enclosure close to Qinyin temple of Mount Emei, according to West China City Daily.
The uninvited guest, on the hunt for food, was surrounded by a group of four monkeys.
The uninvited rodent guest has sneaked into the enclosure near Qinyin temple on Mount Emei. The group of four monkeys watched the chubby rat looking for food
The monkeys smelt the rat and played with its tail gently and the rat appeared to be very calm
Several monkeys smelt the rat and gently pulled it by its tail while the rat remained calm and focused on hunting food.
Some onlookers shouted in a local dialect asking the monkeys to catch the rat, but their requests were apparently ignored by the primates.
The rat also appeared to be relaxed. It did not struggle while being stroked by the monkeys. The rat left the enclosure after it finished the meal.
Onlookers shouted in a local dialect asking the monkeys to catch the rat, but their requests were apparently ignored by the primates. The rat left the enclosure after it finished the meal
A local wildlife expert said monkeys and rats from that area have been playmates because rats, which are smaller in size, are not perceived as threats to monkeys
The light-hearted scene has surprised many online users as monkeys on Mount Emei have been notorious for their unruly behaviour.
They are often caught stealing food and other objects from visitors.
A local wildlife expert said monkeys and rats from that area have always been playmates.
Zhang Ke-jun, wildlife researcher of Mount Emei Scenic area, explained that rats, smaller in size, are not perceived as threats by monkeys.