Locals say that the monkey- a grey langur- has become a regular attendee of funerals in the area.  |  Photo Credit: YouTube
Nargund: An adorable video of a monkey consoling a woman at a funeral in a Karnataka village has gone viral on social media. According to locals, the monkey, a grey langur, is a regular attendee at funerals in Nargund.
The incident, at the funeral of an 80-year-old man named Devendrappa Kammar, was captured on film and later shared online. It has now gone viral on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
When the relatives were mourning the death of their loved one, a langur entered the house and joined the grieving family. The animal made way for itself to reach the woman sitting at the front and sat next to her.
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The langur puts one hand on the woman’s shoulder and uses the other to caress her head.
However, this was not the first instance in which the langur attended a funeral. Locals told reporters that the monkey has attended several funerals in Nargund in the past one year.
The villagers believe the wailing sound of the family members catches the animal’s attention.
While speaking to Hindustan Times, Parameshwara, a local resident, said, “The sound of loud wailing possibly drew its attention. It attends the funerals and mimics how we console each other.”
According to a report in Daily Star, Halappa Chikkamani (69), whose father died in January, told local media, “The monkey sat on my lap for some time and put its arms around me. It only went away after I stopped crying.”
Local residents find funerals incomplete without his presence.
It has also been observed that if the social gathering is for any other purpose, the monkey leaves the venue.