The internet is in shock over monkey grieving over the death of a robot monkey.
A captivating documentary series by BBC titled Spy in the Wild implanted a robot monkey in a tribe of Langurs living in Rajasthan, India.
The monkeys were tentative at first but slowly began to interact with what they presumed to be a baby monkey. In the process of loving on the new baby, the robot monkey was accidentally ‘killed,’ sparking a heart-breaking reaction from the monkeys.
This was the robot monkey infiltrated into the tribe of Langurs:
The robot was equipped with a hidden camera that allowed full documentation of how the monkeys mourned the loss of their new friend.
The monkeys appeared to be enjoying the new baby as if it were one of their own. When it was accidentally ‘killed’ it sent them into mourning.
The hidden camera inside of the robot monkey allowed researchers to capture intimate details of how the monkeys mourn.
Their reaction proves both shocking and upsetting, while also rather heart-warming. You can truly understand their grief as well as how they respond to it, simply because it’s so human-like.
By implanting a robot animal equipped with a camera into the wild, researchers can see what life looks like from an animal insider’s perspective in the most non-invasive way possible. As a result, we can learn more about animals and prove that animals have feelings just like humans. The hope is that research like this will further animal rights and help prevent the mistreatment of animals.
Here’s the video: