A couple from Sichuan watched as their pet macaque returned home despite attempting to release it into the wild on three separate occasions.
According to the SCMP, the money first appeared at the house of farmer Chen Yujun and his wife while searching for food during a storm late last year. The macaque, known as “Mountain Boy,” has now grown to the height of 60 centimeters despite being only 10 centimeters when he first turned up.
After spending around 200 yuan (HK$240) each month, the equivalent of the family’s total living expenses, the couple decided to release the money back into the forest. After being released around 5 kilometers away from their house in both March and April, Mountain Boy was already waiting for them by the time they got home.
“He looked like he was complaining to us [about leaving him in the forest],” said Chen Yujun.
The Chens’ final attempt took place in October, during which they deliberately left Mountain Boy’s cage open only for him to refuse the option to escape.
Despite the macaque’s bond with the couple, a wildlife expert wtih the local government’s forestry department has said the monkey should be returned to the wild. Experts plan to take Mountain Boy to a wild animal protection center for a medical check-up before he is released into a forest further away from the Chen’s home.
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