Baby Japanese Macaque Monkey
What a sight, a baby Japanese macaque monkey that loves to ride on the back of a wild pig. The babies name is Miwa-chan. He is being raised by the workers at the Fukuchiyama Zoo located near by Kyoto in Japan. His parents both rejected him after birth and he has been being raised by the keepers ever since. Miwa-chan holds onto the back of the wild pig. He sometimes rides him backwards. Miwa-chan loves riding on the back of Uribo, a wild boar at the zoo. In fact, there has been over 11 million people that logged onto the website to view Miwa-chan riding on the back of Uribo. They are being recorded at the zoo. When Miwa-chan rides on the back of Uribo, it resembles how a baby monkey grips tightly to its mother in the wild.
A book about Miwa-chan and Uribo
There has been a book written about Miwa-chan and Uribo. It is highly unusual to see such a sight and it made very interesting reading. The book was written by Akihiro Nihonmatsu, the vet at the zoo. The book has now been read by millions of children in Japan. Akihiro talks about how loney Miwa-chan was and so was Uribo. The idea of letting them grow together turned out to be the perfect thing. The entertained each other and were much happier.
Even as Miwa-chan is growing into an adult size monkey, Uribo has no problem with him riding on his back still. They are very attached. Miwa-chan was injured by a raccoon last year. The injury required 30 stitches and he could not ride on Uribo’s back while he healed. It was noticeable how much Uribo missed his friend. Once Miwa-chan was healed and given the okay, he was right back on Uribo’s back again riding around having fun. It all goes to show, animals do have feelings, they need attention and love just like us human beings do. These two need each other even though they are different, they are best friends.