Monkey was caught on a hilarious video as it tried to carefully pick out any fleas from a cat’s fur while it was eating.
Phone footage shows the one-armed macaque, named Xingxing, which translates to ‘Star’, using its remaining limb to attentively comb through the tabby’s fur in Zhejiang, in eastern China.
Apparently having accepted the feline as one of its own, it was seen gently grooming the cat the way monkeys commonly do.
But after not being able to spot a single flea, it appeared to sigh in disappointment.
Then, it became curious about what the cat was eating. Taking advantage of its inattention, it stole a bite of cat food.
However, after seemingly finding it not tasty, it put it back into the bowl.
The clip quickly went viral on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, notching up more than 820,000 likes and over 400,000 shares after it was posted by user ‘Feng Chun’ on 25th January.
Many users gushed over the sweet scene.
One, titled ‘Chanbai Baixianer LL’, commented: “This monkey is so cute.”
User ‘McGonagall’ wrote: “This monkey looks like a grandma tidying up her grandson’s hair.”
And ‘Backyard flowers’ said: “What kind of monkey is this? Very gentle.”
Macaques are a diverse group of Old World monkeys, comprising 23 recognised species that inhabit various environments across Asia, Africa, and Gibraltar.
Known for their social structures, macaques live in multi-male, multi-female groups, displaying complex behaviours such as grooming, vocalisations, and hierarchical interactions.
With a diverse diet including fruits, leaves, insects, and small animals, macaques are highly adaptable and often interact with human populations.
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