Monkey Caught in Hilarious CPR-like Act in Game Reserve Photos

In a series of amusing photos taken in a game reserve, a vervet monkey appears to be performing CPR on a fellow female monkey.

Wildlife photographer William Steel captured the entertaining moment in Gaborone Game Reserve, Botswana.

At first glance, it seems the monkey is giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the collapsed female. The monkey seized the opportunity to groom her while she lay on the ground.

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A male vervet monkey appears to give a female the kiss of life in the Gaborone Game Reserve in Botswana. Source: William Steel/Solent News

According to Steel, the female monkey dramatically fell to the ground with her limbs spread out.

Initially puzzled by the situation, Steel quickly realized what was happening when another monkey approached and appeared to be administering CPR by grabbing the fallen monkey’s mouth.

Upon further reflection, Steel believes the female’s theatrical performance may have been an attention-seeking ploy.

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He explains that the social structure of monkey troops is similar to that of humans, with relationships built on reciprocity.

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A male vervet monkey appears to give a female the kiss of life in the Gaborone Game Reserve in Botswana. Source: William Steel/Solent News
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The male vervet monkey is, in fact, taking the opportunity to groom the female in the Gaborone Game Reserve in Botswana. Source: William Steel/Solent News

Grooming plays a significant role in forming bonds within the army and can even extend to cleaning wounds and caring for injured members.

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Source: William Steel/Solent News
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