Rescuers filmed the moment they tried to separate a tiny baby monkey from its dead mother after she was run over by a car.
The sad incident happened on a busy road in Brasília would is the federal capital of Brazil and seat of the government of the Federal District.
The driver who hit the monkey apparently failed to stop and has not yet been identified, but the wheels of the vehicle missed the baby that was left clinging to the body of its dead mother.
Park rangers turned up, placed plastic cones around the body and waited for experts to come and rescue the baby.
The rescuers then decided to move the monkey together with the dead mother in order to reduce the stress; and lifted up both the baby and the mother’s body before placing them into a transport cage to be taken to safety.
Another worried member of the monkey troupe can be seen running past the staff after they saved the little monkey. But they did not attack as it was placed into the cage.
Later video shows the baby in human care being looked after and fed and still calling for its mother and other members of its troupe.
The type of the monkey was not revealed but it had been run over in the city’s Sarah Kubitscheck Park on 30th December.
The baby is now being cared for at a veterinary hospital in Taguatina and it was clearly distressed at being separated from its mother. Experts hope that they will still be able to release it back into the wild shortly.
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