Monkeh adopts kitteh

Of course. Of course he does [shaking head]

This just in via The Telegraph:

“A young long tailed macaque monkey has been spotted in a forest protectively nuzzling and grooming a ginger kitten and making sure no harm came to it. The extraordinary sight was captured by amateur photographer Anne Young while on holiday at the Monkey Forest Park, in the Ubud region of Bali, Indonesia.”

“The kitten enjoyed the attention being lavished on it by its protective carer and made no effort to leave.”

The insanity continues over at the Telegraph. Thanks for Pointer-Outering, Brinke G.!



  1. Oh my gosh, look at how carefully the monkey is carrying the kitty! So sweet.

  2. LoL… That cat doesn’t feel comfy IMO

  3. Skinny!

  4. Poor kitty’s ears look like they’re full of mites. 😦 That monkey is holding the cat better than some humans do.

  5. Queen of Dork says:


  6. kibblenibble says:

    It’s very sweet. I want to clean up the kitty and give him some good, nutritious food. And then return him to the monkey until the next day, when I would feed him again.


  8. Anthropologists everywhere rejoiced the day the long-elusive Missing Link between simians and crazy cat ladies was discovered.

  9. Can we make the kitty a care package of some ear mite medicine and some kibble, and send it to Mr. Monkeh’s treehouse?

  10. Queen of Dork says:

    Can I please live in the treehouse? Seriously. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to live in a tree house!

  11. dogsleder says:

    Grubby, thin, sickly, lethargic. I know Nature needs to be left to itself…however, it’s hard to understand how photographers, or keepers, or Park rangers, etc. can refrain from interfering with a situation like this. Perhaps they have by now. Hope so.

  12. Mary (the first) says:

    Yeah, I think the kitteh is clearly not in the best of health and maybe that’s why the monkeh is taking care of him/her. I hope someone intervened at least long enough to clear up those ear mites!

  13. Queen of Dork says:

    Maybe the kitty is okay. Maybe the film crew helped it. Maybe the monkey is a doctor and was able to assist the kitty in any way possible. I think I see a stethescope in the bushes behind a rock there. I guess I saw as a “glass half full” type of a person, maybe it’s a beautiful, sweet picture and perhaps every one turns out okay. *sigh* At least I hope so. It was such a nice picture to me until people began to point out all of the negative things about it. I really thought it was such a cool story. Oh well.

  14. “Monkey Forest Park”!? Where is this magical place where monkehs snorgle kittehs! I must go immediately! *packs suitcase, annoying tourist Hawaiian shirt, and that white nose sunscreen stuff*

    QoD – Totally a Dr Monkeh. I totes see a lab coat back there somewhere.

  15. The Nuffers got to nuff, at least once a day. It’s in the handbook.

    I wonder if you could hire the monkey out as a weekend cat-sitter?

  16. What I see is a lovely friendship between a monkeh and his kitteh. It warms my heart and renews my soul.

  17. Queen of Dork says:

    Lizzy: I’m putting on sunglasses to block the glare from your “annoying tourist Hawaian shirt.” Hahaha! 🙂

  18. Sadly, we can do nothing to help this kitteh’s ear mites, BUT we can still enjoy the special bond that monkey and kitteh share! It’s quite beautiful IMO

  19. @QofD, I’m with you. I prefer to look on the bright side of things. Well, if the kitty is in fact, not healthy, then can’t we be happy that he has a monkey pal who is willing to snuggle him and give him a little TLC?! Even a sick kitty needs some comfort. And maybe this person’s photos will catch the eye of someone who can help (and who is also able to wrestle the kitty out of the clearly protective arms of that mother baboon…) I love that the baboon has adopted this kitty and is giving him some clearly much-needed snorgles.

  20. omg. that is sweeeeeeeet! I will go to bed tonight praying that the kitty get’s food and medicine.

  21. @QoD and Lizzy, don’t forget your gleaming white sneakers and your (Brits, don’t look 😛 ) fanny packs. :LOL:

  22. Queen of Dork says:

    I wish we could be like Glenda the Good and just say, “You have no power here…Be Gone!” to the ear mites. 😦

  23. @Patito, neither is Lady Gaga. :mrgreen:

  24. I heard she uses clay litter.

  25. Queen of Dork says:

    Please excuse the cheesy, movie stuff here. I only posted this because I really love this version of this song. I don’t even know who sings it, but I think it’s really, really pretty, optimistic, uplifting, happy and cheerful. So if it helps, close your eyes, but the song is so pretty! I just have this thing about me where I want people to feel good and not sad. 🙂

  26. Wow, I saw CO-worthy pics of one species oh-so-carefully holding another, paw under paw, paw under tailio, with an artful leaf in one shot and purple flowers in another.
    Lighten the hella up, people!

  27. thelibrarianne says:

    It’s a stray kitten in an Indonesian monkey park. The lil guy isn’t going to lead an easy life, and unfortunately there’s not much we can do from here. That’s why monkey friend is there! The thing that gets me is how the monkey is gently cradling the kit’s paw in the first picture, just like I do with my kitties. That’s what makes me want to cry.

  28. What do you call it when you emit exclamations of SQUEE! and a sad AWWW! at the same time? Because I just did that… Those pictures are heartbreakingly cute.

    I’m so glad they are buddies.

  29. It just made me cry, the expression on that beautiful monkey’s face. More loving than some human beans.

  30. frogboots says:

    I cannot get over this. I have long dreamed of having a companion-ape (a gibbon, specifically) to pet my cats and help clean their litterbox and such. obviously, such a thing will never happen (because gibbons belong in their natural homes in southeast asia!). but! a monkey & kitty friendship is awesome.

    And I can’t believe how carefully that monkey is carrying his kitten. Supporting its little kitten-rear and everything.

  31. Oh my goodness, I never knew monkehs were such sweethearts. So glad they have each other these two. Bless!

  32. See? They’re more humane than humans are. The world would be a better place if we all adopted that monkey’s mentality.

  33. @QoD

    >>Maybe the monkey is a doctor and was able to assist the kitty in any way possible.

    That’s it! that’s the shorthand we can use for all future nuffmagnet posts!

    “why, that baby hippo nibbling on a daisy is just plain cruel!”

    “oh no, don’t worry. we checked and dr. monkey says everything is a-okay!”

  34. @nikki

    that’s exactly right. dr. monkey says everything is a-okay!

  35. @queequeg

    >>I’m so glad they are buddies.

    they should double-play-date with mzee and owen.

    i bite your hed!

  36. Mojo Jojojojojojojojo says:

    From picture 6 on the telegraph site: “It is not known how the cat came to be in the company of the macaques…but lets hope the moggy wasn’t found in a wheelie bin”.

    Sometimes I feel like the British speak a different English from Americans. An English that may not be mutually intelligible. In other words, I have no idea what that sentence means, but it sounds like you should keep your moggies out of wheelie bins.

  37. @Sharpy – I have the cutest mental picture right now of a monkeh in a lab coat with little glasses and a clipboard, making the serious monkeh face as he taps a pen against his chin in thought…

  38. @Mojo, the Telegraph is referring to an animal abuse case in London where a woman was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin. Fortunately the kitty was discovered 15 hours later, but the woman’s now defending herself saying “it’s just a cat”.

    Aww, this little tabby’s so thin. Wish I could Fedex over some tuna. Looks like a ginger version of my Gilly when I first got him, ear mites and all. He was also really thin because he’d been abused and didn’t have the strength to find food. Glad this kitty has someone taking care of her 🙂

  39. papervolcano says:

    Mojo – that comment on the Telegraph is related to a bit of a to-do that’s been in the news recently – a woman was caught on CCTV dumping a cat into a wheelie bin for a joke

  40. Queen of Dork says:

    I have an appointment Tuesday at 10:00 am for Dr. Monkey to give my cat a physical. SamKitty is NOT going to like this….

  41. Monkeh-kehs groom each other and pick lice and stuff out of each other’s furs. Monkeh parent will do the same for its kitty, so that takes care of the earmites.

  42. Havig been listening to Bet Midler recently this song came to mind for the
    Monkey and Kitten.

    Baby mine, don’t you cry
    baby mine, dry your eyes
    rest your head close to my heart
    Never to part, baby of mine

  43. TrixandSam says:

    @QofD: I second (or third) your comments: for all the poop going on in the world, revel in the simple and sweet story of monkeh and kitteh.

    @Sharpy: Dr. Monkey indeed!

  44. Aww. The poor kitty is in pretty sad shape, but at least it has a friend to groom it (remove its parasites) and protect it. That’s a lot more than a lot of feral cats have in this world.

  45. Aren’t all cat owners just overgrown monkeys who took a fancy to a kitty?

  46. frogboots says:

    Moggy = cat, esp a plain old mixed-breed “common” cat (though any cat will tell you, NO cat is common)
    wheelie bin = wheeled garbage bin.
    british english = awesome.
    monkey + marmie = monkitteh?

    monkey + marmie = awesome squared.

  47. “Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”
    doot di doot di dooo, doot di doo, doot di doo dooo…

  48. frogboots – You might want to translate the “bin” part as well…

    “My wheelie bin is boggin’!” = “My trash can is dirty.”

    I hear it’s been chuckin’ it down over there.

  49. @Pyrit, LOLing at your Odd Couple narration…

  50. it’s only natural, really.

    look how carefully he’s holding her! awwww.

    i don’t understand the nuffing here.

  51. I think the minkey will make short order of those ear mites. I love how relaxed baby kitteh is. She knows: “This is my friend. She will help me to feel better and she will keep me safe.”

  52. This made me cry like a baby………….. damn menopause.

  53. @Mojo Jojojojojojojojo: “Sometimes I feel like the British speak a different English from Americans. An English that may not be mutually intelligible.”


  54. As George Bernard Shaw said “England and America are two countries seperated
    by a common language”

  55. PS> the old layout is not down to me, harrumphhh

  56. Bums, the above is down to me. That should read odd layout.

  57. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: Sweetheart…Huh? You are too cute! 🙂

    Off I wander now….

  58. Hello Queenie don’t wander too far.

  59. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: I just had correspondence with my cousin who lives there in London. She finished her Master’s at school there and is going for her Doctorate, beginning this fall. I’m incredibly proud of her and hope that all goes beautifully for her there across the pond. She’s so funny! When she calls, I can barely understand a thing she says to me as her accent has become so pronounced. I also hope you are well over there, my dear! (I’m bracing myself for the hate comments to me for talking about this) *hides under bed*

    P.S. – Animals are, of course, cute.

  60. maybe the kitten is sick but I just love the two of these guys more because of it – the monkey has no money or medicine but he/she is giving the cat the best he/she has to offer – love ,

    and now I am crying, because it reminds me off all the times I seen patients who are so ill there is nothing more medicine can offer and all you can do is be there

  61. Queenie, Ignore the nuffers, I enjoy when us peeps have a chat, it makes the site feel
    like a little community.

  62. IwillnamehimGeorgeandIwillhughimandpethimandpethimandhughimonaccountthatIlovehimGeorge!

  63. Bat-Snake says:

    @ RevWaldo: AndIwillgivehimsecurityandkeephimwarmlikeamotherhensothathedoesnotfeelrejectedorlackoflove!
    For all we know, the monkey could possibly EAT the kitty’s ear mites. They probably won’t taste very nice. But…that’s what monkeys do. They eat one another’s pests.

  64. Monkeys are natural groomers. She’s probably licking those mites the heck out of those ears on a regular basis.

  65. That is just too cute! Isn’t it something how accepting animals are. Humans could learn a thing or two. Reminds me of a poem I heard and then read.
    Not meant to be religious..but, just to show how humans aren’t as great as they think.
    The Monkey Poem—author unknown

    Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
    Discussing some things that are said to be;
    Said one to the others, “Now listen you two,
    There’s a rumor that certainly cannot be true —
    That man descended from our noble race,
    The very idea is a total disgrace!”
    “No monkey ever deserted his wife,
    Starved her babies, and ruined her life!
    And you’ve never known a mother monk
    Leave her babies with others, – and bunk!
    Or pass them on from one to another,
    Till they scarcely know who is their mother.”
    “Another thing that you never would see,
    Is a monk build a fence round his coconut tree,
    Forbidding all other monkeys from taking,
    For then they would all become thieves in the making!
    If I were to put a fence round my tree,
    Starvation would force them to steal from me!”
    “Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do;
    Go out late at night and get in a stew,
    Using a gun, a club or a knife,
    To take some other monkey’s life!
    Yes, man descended! – the ornery cuss;
    But, brothers! – he didn’t descend from us!”

  66. Reminds me of another monkey-kitteh duo:
    kewl buddiez :)))))))))))))))))

  67. Our cats would like to know where they can get a monkey like that.

  68. If this is so cute why does it make me feel so bad for the poor sick little kitty…

  69. Mrs. Kravitz says:

    “If this is so cute why does it make me feel so bad for the poor sick little kitty…”

    Because it is so hard to accept that sometimes we humans cannot, and maybe even must not, intervene in the grander plans of Nature. Nature is often cruel, especially for the weaker creatures in our world. But sometimes even in Nature there is an instant of compassion so great that it’s almost too much to contemplate. Sweet little monkey, didn’t need to think or parse it out or calculate whether it had the proper resources, it just saw a fellow living creature that needed love, and instinctively reached out and enclosed the fragile little kitty in its arms. Not an act of survival, not the kind of thing we usually expect from “wild animals.” Just a display of the purest form of mercy and compassion. We could all learn from it.

    Whatever that little kitty’s fate is, at least, during its life, it was held close and comforted. So many creatures never get that small comfort. Yes, there’s something sad about the story this picture tells, but there’s also something very loving and very precious.

  70. Hey, I’ve been to that monkey park. It’s awesome.

  71. 😀 Just another way animals get along with each other 😀

  72. I wonder what the kitten does for food, hopefully the monkey lets it hunt and forage on it’s own. I’m pretty sure macaques are vegetarians so there is no way they would be able to provide for a cat, and it’s unlikely they would understand that it has to eat something different then they do. Not complaining, just genuinely curious about the details of the bond and how it turns out.

  73. hope that monkey don’t get mad at that cat

  74. Beautifully said, Mrs. Kravitz

  75. Be sure to check out the other pictures that the photographer, Anne Young, took. They’re all fabulous.

    (link is in Meg’s summary up top)

  76. @Rooanne

    >>Beautifully said, Mrs. Kravitz

    supersize that, please.

    and did i read that you found your kitteh?


  77. I concur: Well said, Mrs. Kravitz!

    While I agree that it would be wonderful for this little kitten to have a safe warm home, plenty to eat, and all necessary health care, I still love this post. There’s something the careful way that the monkey carries and holds the kitten that warms my cynical heart… Life could be worse for both of these critters–I’m glad they have each other.

  78. I see nothing but good (glass half-full). This is a beautiful sight and shows the depth of friendship and caring.
    Macaques are used EXTENSIVELY in research, like AIDS and HepB…So we humans are doing a great job exploiting them.
    Since macaques eat bugs off their peers and have huge canine teeth, one can assume that they eat meat. As a matter of fact, they are omnivorous just like us. I think Kitteh is getting fed by the monkey…sharing does exist in the animal world.

    That cute little kitty doesn’t measure up to our Western standards, but it sure looks happy. It probably has a better chance surviving with the monkeys than on the streets of Jakarta at the mercy of humans.

    So all you Debbie Downers, just go away or enjoy the photos for what they are, beautiful and heart-touching!

  79. AuntieMame says:

    Wow, aren’t we being a little hard on each other today?

    Can’t people express a little concern without getting a “shut up and keep your opinion to yourself” stuff? I’m usually as anti-nuff as they come, but geez, if this is the way we’re going to react to such minor stuff, I don’t want to be here when a real nuffer shows up. It’ll be Armageddon…

    (In any case, I’m not sure when a housecat in the forest became a part of the natural order.)

  80. rosebanana says:

    @mplsdeb Not to split hairs, but macaques can actually be pretty darn brutal. Infanticide of unweaned infants, for instance, is a fairly common occurrence.

    I’m all for finding animals pweshus an’ stuff, but they aren’t less complex (and occasionally cruel) than us humans. imho 🙂

  81. Thanks. I loved this.

  82. Macaques don’t actually hunt for meat though, they are very much plantlife foragers. If the monkey is trying to feed the cat he’s probably trying to feed him fruits and leaves (and there’s no way he could no better). I don’t know much about long tailed macaques though, I know rhesus macaques aren’t exactly known for sharing food under any circumstances.

    And yeah as Rosbanah said, monkeys and non human primates in general are capable of some pretty brutal and nasty acts to each other and to others, some of which would put the depicition of the worst human in a horror movie to shame. In fact they do pretty much do all of the monkey equivelents of all the things that the monkeys in the poem talk about not doing (though of course they can’t use a gun or build a fence).

  83. Kitty love knows NO bounds!

  84. Does anybody know what’s teh status with those 2 by now?

  85. oopsie hahah i meant *THE .. sorry it’s very late over here in the netherlands hahah