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January 22, 2016 07:22 PM

We have never witnessed a purer, more loving friendship than that between this nurturing monkey and the puppy he adopted.

That’s right: Monkeys adopt puppies now. (What a world!) Earlier in January, a rhesus macaque in Erode, India, gained a bit of Internet fame after being spotted cuddling a tiny puppy in the middle of town. 

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While we don’t quite have the backstory on their love saga — despite being able to adopt, monkeys still can’t talk — their pictures have captivated locals, who have been setting out food for the new family. The monkey reportedly lets the dog eat the food first before eating himself.

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“People who have seen them spoke of their strong mutual affection and described their bond as the most caring thing in the world — to take care of a puppy in danger and protect him like a parent,” reports the Indian news outlet Zee News. “Their undying affection gives us a valuable lesson about relationships.”

We’re not crying. You’re crying. 

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