When we see a child we change our behavior to express our affections. We change the way we talk, our gestures, and our facial expressions. Primate pictures in wall art galleries around the world show mothers with their young mirror these behaviors. There is something comforting about seeing a bit of ourselves in other members of the animal kingdom. We love to see our emotions and also affections displayed in other animals. It almost seems to validate us and prove that love truly is a universal language. 

Research on the topic has shown that these affections are seen to extend both ways. Infants are responsive to the facial expressions of their mothers along with gestures, and voice. Essentially, even animals respond to and engage with their parents in the same way human children do. While it was long considered to be a unique human or ape trait, this now being found to be more widespread.


I was in the forests of Kerala attempting to capture baby monkey pictures. There were a couple of new mothers in the troop of lion-tailed macaques I had been following. It was very intriguing to just watch them go about their day with their new babies. They often fussed over them and held them close. They were in their own ways more protective of their newborns than I had expected. Instead of letting their babies sit alone, they were sure to carry them around everywhere they went, clutching them to their chests. The babies acted the same way, clinging to their mothers tightly, even when they ran about or climb up trees. They held on for dear life.

I watched one mother and her infant scurry about the jungle floor. Her baby was mischievous for sure. I watched him closely and couldn’t help the smile spreading across my face and his antics unfolded. Any baby monkey picture couldn’t have captured the sheer innocence of this baby. He had a ritual he seemed to perform with his mother. He’d get into trouble and then run over to his mom, unsure of what he had done or why. Without a moment of hesitation, she would jump in to relieve the tension he had caused.

Sometimes it was with another baby, sometimes he would bother an old ape. She would swoop in like clockwork, using her many years of experience to reason with him and his mischief. This was not something that the child seemed to realize was a service, and perhaps it didn’t make him love her any more than he already did. However, it certainly made him value her more and in a way seemed to make her love him more. This was the emotion I had been trying to pick out of the troop for my baby monkey pictures. I was thrilled with the primate pictures that I had gotten of this duo.


While humans rarely have to worry about being separated from their young, motherly love still shows up in different ways in humans. Human parents can take some parenting advice from the apes, who raise their offspring to be independent and viable adults as quickly as possible. While they are relatively dependent on their mother for longer, these animals can’t afford to keep their children vulnerable for long. They live in the moment and make game-time decisions on how to react to certain situations to ensure the wellbeing of their offspring.

Many animals process information about their young in real-time and react to them swiftly. Humans may not relate to this style of parenting as we tend to make carefully calculated decisions based off of what we’ve been taught or what our parents did with us. The underlying tireless love of a mother is the same regardless of parenting technique or survival strategy.


That being said, the amount of time and attention that parents give their children early in life can have a huge developmental impact. Even these macaques keep their babies by their side, who can continue to nurse for up to a year. These animals are fending off constant threats from looming predators, treacherous weather conditions and human interference. They can’t afford to raise offspring that are over-dependent and need direction to take care of themselves. However, the love of a mother discounts this and makes up for the harsh realities of nature. This love makes my wall artwork and primate pictures so engaging and heartfelt. To see a mother be by their child’s side yet giving them the freedom to make decisions and anticipate actions. makes for robust and capable adults.

Venturing out to capture baby monkey pictures introduced me to this sweet mother and son that left their memory. This interaction has made the pair of monkeys a stunning addition to my wall art gallery.


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