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  1. Monkey comes to the rescue of friend as crowd watches in awe
    Rhesus monkey in India resuscitates companion who was electrocuted on railway wires and fell to the ground, apparently lifeless.

    A monkey saves the life of another monkey who fell unconscious after being shocked by electrical wiring on a rail track in India’s northern city of Kanpur.
    By: The Associated Press, Published on Thu Dec 25 2014

    NEW DELHI—Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.

    The injured monkey had fallen between the tracks, apparently after touching high-tension wires at the train station in Kanpur in northern India and was lying on its back between tracks, rigid and apparently lifeless.

    His companion came to the rescue and was captured on camera lifting the friend’s motionless body up and then shaking it.

    The camera cuts to the crowds of people on the regular platform watching it all in wonder.

    The monkey then starts teething his friend’s neck and scalp. The video cuts, and it next seen flipping the still seemingly dead friend into a water-filled ditch between the sets of tracks, lifting it out and dropping it back in several times.

    At last some signs of life appear, as the injured monkey’s eyes open while it’s undergoing this immersion. That, according to witnesses, occurred about 20 minutes after the initial electrocution.

    The revived monkey begins moving slowly and in the last frames of the video can be seen holding onto a bar to keep its balance. Part of its tail seems to be missing.

    Crowds of travellers watched the Sunday scene in amazement, filming and snapping pictures.

    A video posted on YouTube by a user with the handle “gadhamasti” went viral on the Internet this week, under the title: “Indian monkey doctor saving friend’s life giving CPR.” Another user later reposted it as “Doctor monkey’s rescue operation at railway station.”

    But was the first monkey intentionally performing CPR?

    National Geographic jumped into the debate and interviewed Luisa Arnedo, an employee who specializes in primates, on its website.

    Arnedo points out the two monkeys in the video are rhesus macaques and that little research has been carried out regarding monkey reactions to death because scientists seldom encounter them.

    In the occasional instances in which it has been witnessed, the non-human primates react “in many cases by shaking the body of the dead animal, as not accepting its immobility, and also reacting by rough behaviours seemingly aimed at reanimation.”

    But it’s not known how much monkeys actually understand these behaviours.

    “In this particular case, does the male shaking the body of the injured individual know that by shaking it and dropping it in water, it can reanimate it?” asks Arnedo, calling the video “an amazing representation of the complexity of primate behaviour.”
    More on thestar.com

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