Baby monkey rides a piggie, backwards

Someone should really let the monkey know he's doing it wrong. Video Link

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  1. OK, that baby Wild Pig is CUTE, but does anyone know what kind it is? It looks like it could be one of the Philippine Wild Pigs; maybe a Visayan Warty Pig?

    1. It’s probably just a Japanese wild boar – in the comments it’s called an Uribo – (melon boy) – a nickname for the piglet as the patterns on its fur remind them of melons.
      Those might just be orphans that have been brought into the petting zoo.

  2. Funny. We are taught from a young age to pet animals from the head toward the tail.

    There are countless jokes about the hazards of petting cats “Backwards”.

    Yet every time a kid in the video pets the money, and I am not talking about when they pat it on the head at the 57sec mark, they pet the monkey backwards.

    Maybe it’s because the monkey’s orientation is backwards to the pigs, and the pig, being bigger, is defining the overall orientation the “Petting” should go. Or maybe it’s because of the direction the pig moves… the pig moves THIS way, so the petting goes THAT way…

    I don’t know. It just struck me on viewing the video and I caught myself asking “Why are they petting the monkey backwards?”

  3. Torturing the baby monkey and baby pig and laughing about it. The monkey clings to the pig because it has been separated from its mother and kept in a tiny cage with a baby pig. The baby pig is looking for its mother as well.

    Why are people like this. Why do they have so little empathy.

    1. The animals are not actually kept in a cage. They are transported in a cage, and kept in a very nice rehabilitation center for wild animals. Both animals are social creatures, and enjoy being around their trainers and around other people since that is what they are used to. They are more domesticated now, yes, but they are in no way psychologically harmed. Sure, it was sad when the monkey got knocked off the baby pig, but he would get separated from his mother in the wild as well, and would have the same response. While clearly different, the animals are still well-adjusted and happy animals. People need to quit calling everything animal torture, because it’s really regressive when it comes to working with animals that have been abandoned or injured.

  4. This was a nice “monkey riding pig chaser” to bring a chuckle after reading the stomach-turning Abu Ghraib post. And in that sense, at this particular moment, I also have little empathy for these animals. In a few hours though, I most surely will.

  5. Am i the only one thinking about where the baby monkey’s mother is? The monkey seems pretty scared and alone…

  6. See Harry Harlow’s primate isolation experiments at UW-Madison. This monkey’s responses to the pig is similar to those in the Harlow studies when infants were denied warm living “mothers.” interesting in this context.

  7. The point at 0:46 where the monkey loses the pig is harrowing. I would like to request a twee Unicorn chaser to sooth that trauma.

  8. Poor monkey has attachment issues from being taken away from it’s mother at an early age. Monkeys are very social creatures, after all.

    Sad :(

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