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Seeing your friend lying unconscious, a quick-witted monkey gives you artificial respiration like a human


The photo taken by photographer William Steel caused a stir among netizens.

William Steel, 28, a wildlife photographer, captured the incredible scene inside the Gaborone Game Reserve in Botswana.

In the world of wildlife, monkeys are considered as one of the smartest and bravest species, having taken many actions to save their fellow humans by artificial respiration.

An example is the case of a monkey who saved an electric shock from falling onto the train tracks at Kanpur station, India. The smart monkey did massage movements, CPR, even biting on the head to save you. After about 20 minutes, the electrocuted monkey regained consciousness.

However, the story of the photo by William Steel has a completely different content.

After sharing on social networks, the photo quickly attracted the attention of netizens because it looked like a monkey practicing CPR. But few people know the truth behind the monkey’s seemingly selfless act is a ‘sinister’ plot.

William Steel, who lives and works in the African country, said he witnessed the monkey fall to the ground in a very ‘dramatic’ fashion. Hands and feet spread wide, lying on the ground. At first, William Steel didn’t seem to understand what was happening, but when he picked up his camera to take a picture, a male monkey appeared out of nowhere and grabbed the monkey lying on the ground. The male monkey crouched down with his hands over his face and appeared to be performing CPR.


However, after thinking about it, William Steel discovered that “the whole action of the male is mainly aimed at attracting the attention of the female”.

According to William Steel, what was supposed to save the female monkey’s life was actually the male monkey, a cheeky monkey trying to take advantage of the situation to please the female, similar to the forced kiss scene in the movie ‘The Sandlot’.

William Steel said: “Apes also have a clear and important hierarchy. Like humans, the monkey community is also largely based on a mechanism if you do this for me, I will do another for you. The bond between monkeys is largely formed through grooming and petting each other. Monkeys will strike out in compassion to seek the attention of others. It was interesting that I had the opportunity to capture this moment.”


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