A long-tailed rescue macaque has found himself an unlikely best friend in the form of a sweet stray kitten, with the furry duo putting species differences aside in order to form an adorably close bond.
Jojo the monkey took in Alan the cat after the feline wandered into the rescue center where Jojo lives in Phetchaburi, Thailand, and since then, the buddies have been seen sharing food, posing for pictures and even checking each other for lice.
The white and black kitten turned up at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) a few weeks ago and made a home for himself in the macaque field, before Jojo happily took him on as the newest member of his pack.
A one-of-a-kind friendship: Jojo, a long-tailed macaque, and Alan, a stray domestic cat, have become best friends a the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Phetchaburi, Thailand
Friends look out for each other: The unlikely pair have been seen sharing food, and even checking each other’s fur for lice
A brave kitty: Alan walked into the animal shelter a few weeks ago and made himself at home among the monkeys at the macaque field
Jojo himself was saved back in 2011 by WFFT from a restaurant in Thailand, where he had been kept in a cage alone, and was cruelly being used as a photo prop to amuse costumers, according to The Dodo.
But six years later, he is a whole new monkey, becoming the leader of a group of other rescued macaques at the wildlife rescue center, and now, the adopted best friend of little Alan.
WFFT touched the hearts of animal lovers around the world when they shared the unlikely pair’s story on Facebook last week, along with images of Jojo protectively sitting by Alan, grooming him, and cheesing for the cameras.
The friendship between Jojo and Alan is definitely a rare one, and something their caretakers at WFFT have never seen before.
Say cheese! Although animals are usually kept with their own species, workers at WFFT have let Jojo and Alan stay together because they seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company
A beautiful story: Alan was rescued in 2011 from a restaurant where he was being used as a photo prop to amuse costumers
Poor Jojo! The friendly monkey was kept in a small cage by himself before he was rescued by WFFT and taken to live with others of his kind (and now also a cat)
He’s come a long way: Although Jojo needed a lot of healing from his years living in a small cage, he is now a leader of his group of macaques at his home in the animal sheter
Rescue centers usually try to group wild animals with their own kind so they can eventually go back into their natural habitat and be their normal, wild selves.
Still, although Jojo and Alan’s friendship may be the first of its kind, and animal experts wouldn’t encourage this monkey-cat mix, workers at WFFT say that they they haven’t seen any seemingly dangerous interaction between the friends and that they genuinely seem to enjoy being together.
‘Although this is not an ideal situation and something we do not encourage, Alan is unharmed and Jojo seems to love him, so we have decided to leave them together,’ WFFT wrote.
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