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09:02 PM on 07/11/2012
Thats the cutest pictures of that dog & chimp snuggling. It's amazing
05:51 PM on 07/11/2012
While I think it's beautiful that the mother dog and her pups get along so well with the baby chimp and have "adopted" her into their fold, it's obvious the chimp is really being cared for by humans. I doubt that the dog diapered the baby chimp, nor is the chimp existing only on milk from the dog. The mother dog probably treats the baby chimp as she would a human baby--very gently.
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RobertFromMN
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07:23 AM on 07/12/2012
You're mistaken. The dog DID diaper the baby chimp, and before bed, the dog reads the chimp a bedtime story. "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Goodnight, Moon" are among the favorites.
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csunbean
05:42 PM on 07/11/2012
Wonder when this dog is going to snap and ya know ... eat the chimp. That isn't a Golden Retriever..This one ate a Florida woman who owned it... Not so sweet huh?
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cbee43
06:51 PM on 07/11/2012
Not likely the dog has a human owner..he's not a pit bull!
05:00 PM on 10/09/2012
This comment was made out of ignorance.
All dogs are capable of love & of violence. Lets stop bashing pitties & start holding all dog owners accountable for their dogs actions.
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08:51 PM on 07/11/2012
Actually, when that chimp gets a little older.. it's the dog that would be in a lot more danger than the chimp. An adult chimp could tear that dog into pieces.
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05:17 PM on 07/11/2012
Just goes to show when you have a Momma's heart...you can and will love just about any kind of baby in need....Bless this dog and her litter and her little chimp adoptee...lovely story.
04:59 PM on 07/11/2012
Is it just me, or do those photos look kind of fake?
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cbee43
06:53 PM on 07/11/2012
what part look has it fake? the chimp has it's hand on the dogs leg..
12:24 PM on 07/12/2012
It's just you.
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Christopher Hull
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04:44 PM on 07/11/2012
It wasn't the baby monkey that made me cry it was the expression of the dog. It was like "I know he looks different but he's my baby."
And then the second thing was the baby monkey looks just like one of my exes before he got laser hair removal. Face was pretty much the same though....
10:43 AM on 07/12/2012
It's an ape, not a monkey!
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LillyyF
03:43 PM on 07/11/2012
I almost died of a cuteness overload from the picture of the monkey cuddling the puppy.
10:45 AM on 07/12/2012
Ape, not monkey. No tail, much more sophisticated brain.
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LillyyF
01:51 PM on 07/12/2012
Correct.
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artleads
Let's have a national retreat.
03:35 PM on 07/11/2012
Very cute and heartwarming. The chimp has on a diaper and the dog has none. Is this because the chimp's a baby, or are chimps hard to potty train?
02:00 PM on 07/11/2012
While this is indeed an awesome and adorable story, to those who are deriding humans and suggesting that non-human animals are so much better at accepting others, you seem to be forgetting that cross-species adoption/socialization between individual animals is EXTREMELY rare outside of domestication/captivity situations. In natural settings, predators almost always eat other species (save for the few cannibalistic predators) and as a rule target young/infant animals as prey since they are easy to catch. This story and others like it are the exception in terms of non-human animal behavior, not representative of the norm.

If you really look at which species deserves praise for accepting other species, it's humans. We do plenty of horrible things to other animal species, but we far outrank other predators, apex species, and other intelligent animals (not to mention the lower animals) in terms of cross-species and intra-species altruism even on our bad days. So yeah, this is a wonderful story of acceptance across species lines, but it is an individual occurrence that is not representative of usual reality. Thinking animals as a whole (rather than odd instances like this) should lead us on matters of acceptance and altruism is nothing but a Disney-based fantasy and exceptionally naive.
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LillyyF
03:45 PM on 07/11/2012
It tends to happen when the animal has just given birth. Their female hormones go all crazy and they will accept babies of other species. I've heard of cats accepting baby squirrels and dogs accepting baby racoons (all predator/prey to each other) ect. Mothers of any species tend to be very nurturing. But yes it's a rare situation.
04:08 PM on 07/11/2012
Not sure what your angle is, but there are plenty of reports that apes in the wild take in other species as pets as well. A simple google search will confirm what I am saying.

Ants farm aphids and protect them from predators. Humpback whales throw dolphins from their "noses" off the coasts of Hawaii.

Thinking humans are uniquely special in matters of "acceptance and altruism" is naive hubris, at best.
05:15 PM on 07/11/2012
"Not sure what your angle is..."

Seriously? You're actually agreeing with the poster. He/she admits that non-human animals in the wild sometimes take in other species. Your examples support the argument. The point is that it is very rare in non-human animals and that humans do it far more often. Try reading the post without an axe to grind.
01:17 PM on 07/11/2012
it brought tears to my eyes...he is gorgeous
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askskia
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01:03 PM on 07/11/2012
I have tears of joy!
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Patricia Amaya
12:59 PM on 07/11/2012
Love is love.
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12:52 PM on 07/11/2012
Animals are so much better in love,nurturing and tolerance,we as Homo Sapiens could learn a thing or two from them.
This is a adorable and a feel good video.
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vividrick
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10:10 AM on 07/11/2012
Puts some of our human behaviour to shame! Too cute yes. :-)
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j0nele
09:30 AM on 07/11/2012
Crazy how animals can be more caring and loving to other animals who look Different from them than Most humans!