A beautiful family story full of love was transmitted by these three macaque monkey brothers, who arrived at the Gaziantep zoo, located in southern Turkey, after being rescued from a network of animal smugglers.
Upon arrival, the attitude of the three caught the attention of veterinarians, and that is, the three animals did not stop hugging and protecting themselves. By studying the health of each one of them, the experts found a great discovery: One of them has genetic alterations.
The behavior of two of the monkeys, with their brother, caused surprise because they held him tightly as a way of protection, in fact, they even took turns, constantly.
This action made the vets very doubtful, who proceeded to review them and do medical exams, managing to discover the reason for this intense love of brother.
Although this is an unusual condition in the species, it did not mean a situation to segregate it and put it aside. On the contrary, the pair of brothers go out of their way to protect and help their brother with genetic alterations, in addition to feeding him.
Celal Özsöyler, head of the municipality’s local wildlife authority, told the Turkish daily Daily Sabah that veterinarians had noted that one of the three monkeys had a different face than the other two, in addition to seeing that he also had one of his longer arms. However, they did not suspect that it was a monkey with genetic alterations, but they realized the special condition of the little one.
“The other brothers apparently knew it, and care about him. They feed it and never leave it alone. We are now waiting for them to grow, and they will join other monkeys here once they are appropriately sized, ”Özsöyler told local media.
The Gaziantep Zoo houses more than 350 species and 7,500 animals. The place recently opened its doors to the public, after being closed for 70 days due to the pandemic.