Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hong Kong monkeys seen rescuing injured companion

A monkey knocked down by a motorcyclist in Hong Kong was bravely rescued by fellow simians, press reports said on Thursday.

A group of monkeys ran out and retrieved the injured creature moments after it was run down Wednesday by the 45-year female rider, the South China Morning Post and Chinese newspapers reported.

The monkeys pulled their companion, apparently still alive, into undergrowth at the side of the country road.

The rescue bid appeared to be in vain, however, as a dead monkey was later found nearby, the reports said.

The motorcyclist, who was thrown from her bike in the collision, needed medical treatment for injuries to her right wrist and elbow.

About 20 monkeys are killed every year in traffic accidents in the southern Chinese territory, the report said, citing agriculture chiefs. However, it is not uncommon for them to take injured or dead companions away from danger due to the tight-knit nature of their living groups, it added.

Story here.

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