Skip To Content
Fast Forward

WATCH: Spurned Macaque Makes Friends With Chicken At Israeli Zoo

Niv, a four-year-old Indonesian black macaque, has made friends with a chicken that wandered into her cage at an Israeli zoo. The monkey has been caressing and holding the chicken for a week.

“It seems that Niv, who is four years old and has reached the age of sexual maturity, has difficulty finding a partner,” a spokesman for the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Mor Porat, told the Times of Israel.

“This probably explains the maternal instinct she expresses to this chicken,” he said.

The chicken, for its part, shows no interest in leaving this inter-species relationship. It could get out of the pen just as easily as it got in, according to zoo officials.

The chicken “seems very happy to have found a surrogate mother. At night they sleep together,” Porat said. This chicken is apparently the second one that Niv the macaque has attempted to adopt.

Please enjoy the viral video of this improbable friendship as we wait for the inevitable tweets that accuse Niv of working for the Mossad and holding the chicken against its will.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.