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Children playing with the infant monkey on VIP road in Ongole.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Children playing with the infant monkey on VIP road in Ongole.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

In an exemplary act, a group of children here has been nurturing an orphaned infant monkey, which is worth emulating by elders.

Twelve-year-old K. Harikrishna noticed the monkey alive and kicking after its mother died due to excessive bleeding soon after giving birth to it, in a town where most people would drive away monkeys, some out of fear and some for trying to snatch away their eatables.

Seek father’s permission

Moved by the incident, a boy showed the infant monkey to his younger brother, Jayakrishna. Both of them gathered courage and sought the permission of their father, Srinivasa Rao, to look after the simian. Mr. Rao also was moved by the children's love for the infant monkey.

Christening their pet ''Chitti'', the boys have even stitched a dress and diapers for it. Soon, their friends joined them in playing with the infant monkey, which has now become the cynosure of all eyes in the colony. The mother of the boys takes care of it when they are away in school.

A family member

“We enjoy playing with the infant monkey after returning from school and take care of all its needs every day,” they said, talking to The Hindu .

“The infant monkey has become a family member of ours,” said Mr Srinivasa Rao. Moved by the children’s gesture, T. Sreenivasa Prabhu, a lecturer in a city college, said that the children had humbled celebrities such as cricketer Javagal Srinath and actor Priyanka Chopra who have adopted a giraffe and a tiger, by paying huge amounts of money.

Harikrishna and Jayakrishna have ‘adopted’ an infant monkey after the death of its mother

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