Heart-warming images show a heavily pregnant dog who seems to have adopted an orphaned baby monkey after its mother was poisoned.
The infant monkey can be seen hugging and playing around the dog, as the mother-to-be seems to be enjoying having him around.
Photographer Prakash Badal 48, snapped the images while visiting Chakki Mor, Solan in Himachal Pradesh, northern India, initially planning to photograph birds.
He said: ‘The monkey infant seemed to be about 10 days old when locals poisoned the adult monkeys because it is said they are destroying their crops.
‘This infant survived and the dog adopted it.
‘I felt that when a mother saw a baby who is very small and left alone and there is nobody to take care of him, the maternal instinct took the initiative to adopt a small baby even if it’s from different species.
‘This type of relationship is a lesson for humans who have become selfish and kill each other just because he is from another cast or religion. ‘