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Winners Photography Awards 2009

Rhesus Macaque by Brijendra Singh

This incredible photograph of a rhesus macaque mother caught mid-leap, infant in tow – still clutching on to her nipple – was shot at Dhikala in Uttarakhand’s Corbett Tiger Reserve. Macaque young develop much faster than their human counterparts and are virtually independent of their mothers by the age of nine months. Primatologists tell us that emotional cognisance between mother and infant macaques can be compared to that of humans. At the same location, the photographer also recorded the phenomenon of a macaque mother carrying her dead infant (see page 34) for several days.
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