Let’s all gather round for another heartwarming tale from the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. This story dates back to 2010 and takes place in the forests of Bali, Indonesia. While on vacation amateur photographer Anne Young visited the Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a 27 acre reserve that’s home to approximately 340 monkeys and receives well over 10,000 visitors per month.

It was there that Anne encountered the awesome sight of a young Long-tailed macaque cuddling, nuzzling, and grooming a ginger kitten. Not only was the affectionate young monkey clearly quite fond of the little kitten, he/she was also very protective of it:

"…the monkey would become agitated if Anne ventured too near to take pictures and at one point used a huge leaf to try and cover the kitten from view. The monkey was even wary of other macaques and would not allow other young males to get too close. Throughout the session the kitten enjoyed the attention being lavished on it by its protective carer and made no effort to leave."

Less talk, more cuddly monkeys.

[via Telegraph.co.uk]