These monkeys accidentally ‘killed’ and then mourned what they thought was a baby monkey…
BBC One’s Spy in the Wild series embeds animatronic spy animals out in nature with their real life animal counterparts to see what life is really like in the wild.
The robot creatures can look a little bit creepy with their eyeball cameras, but the animals often embrace them as one of their own.
The narrator tells viewers:
“In Rajasthan, the temple langur monkeys have taken spy monkey into the heart of the family.”
But when the spy monkey’s tail is lifted up for inspection, the narrator adds:
“Some are keen to take the budding relationship to the next level and are getting a little bit too familiar.”
But then viewers are told that ‘disaster strikes’ as the spy monkey is dropped to the ground, where it lies motionless.
“Then something extraordinary happens,” says the narrator. “The monkeys gather round the motionless spy creature as if it is a real baby.”
“They react just as they do when their own babies die. There is a sense of grief as well as empathy for each other.”