Researchers wanted to understand the monkey behavior exhibited in this troop better, but they didn’t want to disrupt the daily activities of the troop to do it. No Jane Goodall happening here. So, to try to get their data without actually interacting with the monkeys, they created a ‘spy monkey’. Think nanny cam. To help this spy monkey blend in, they designed it to look like a baby version of these monkeys. All seemed well and fine until one of the adult monkeys accidentally knocked the spy monkey over and couldn’t get it to get back up. Take a look.
These monkeys didn’t understand the ‘baby’ wasn’t real. None of them were related to it, yet each came to pay their respects to this little one who died. Oh. My. God. There is nothing more heart wrenching than watching a troop of monkeys mourn a baby that they don’t know isn’t real. The pain, for them, is real. The researchers couldn’t have known this would happen, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over watching these animals truly mourn the loss of one of their own.