Lonely monkey adopts a chicken at an Israeli zoo

A lonely monkey at an Israeli zoo has found a way to soothe her maternal urges: by adopting a chicken. Niv, an Indonesian black macaque (muh-kak), is four years old and has reached the age of sexual maturity, but has had difficulty finding a partner. So Niv has spent the past week caressing, cleaning and playing with the bird. A zookeeper says the chicken “seems very happy to have found a surrogate mother. At night they sleep together.”


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