In this video frame grab taken Saturday Aug. 20, 2016 in Tyumen, Russia, a 16-year-old cat called Rosinka, carries a three-week-old baby monkey on her back. Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth. (AP Photo)
In this video frame grab taken Saturday Aug. 20, 2016 in Tyumen, Russia, a 16-year-old cat called Rosinka, carries a three-week-old baby monkey on her back. Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth. (AP Photo)

Cat plays mum to baby monkey

A CAT has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after his mother abandoned it at a Russian zoo.

The 16-year-old cat, called Rosinka, has comforted three-week-old Fyodor by letting him cling to her back for warmth - essential for it to survive the first months of its life.

Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, said the monkey was always on Rosinka's back except for when he needed to be fed baby milk.

The little primate will stay with the cat for another month and will then be transferred back to the zoo to live with other squirrel monkeys.


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