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Heartbroken Indian monkeys grieve over death of life-like robot monkey (video)

A group of langur monkeys in India were left heartbroken after the death of a robot monkey.    The robot monkey designed to look and act like them was introduced in the band by a BBC crew.  The band had taken the robot monkey as one of their own, making it a part of their group. An older monkey accidentally dropped from a height ‘killing it’.

A group of langur monkeys in India were left heartbroken after the death of a robot monkey.  

The robot monkey designed to look and act like them was introduced in the band by a BBC crew.

The band had taken the robot monkey as one of their own, making it a part of their group. An older monkey accidentally dropped from a height ‘killing it’.

 

When the robot-monkey died, they were seen comforting and hugging each other in sadness.

Their sorrow is palpable and the video again brings out how intense animal emotions are.  

The scene is from a new BBC documentary series, Spy In The Wild, which  will be featuring lifelike robots with cameras fitted in their eyes, so as to get a better idea of how animals behave in the wild.  

If you see these robots for the first time, they look extremely real, as much as it is hard to distinguish them from the real ones. It is only when you take a very close look at them that you realize that they are robots, and not real animals. 

Along with monkey, orangutan, crocodile and ostrich, there will be 30 other robot creatures featuring in the show. They will record the behaviour of the real animals in the wild through the cameras fitted in place of their eyes.

One of the promos for the first episode of the show shows an African spotted dog approaching one of the robots with an otter swimming next to another.

 

The producer of the show, Matthew Gordon said that they felt as if a moment of calm and silence had come over them when they saw the langurs in grief.
 

Video: Langurs grieve over death of robot monkey 

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