mutualism - langur monkey curing cow's ear (india)

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Langur Black-faced Monkey curing cow's ear (India)

The cow is letting the monkey clean bugs from its ear.­ The monkey eats the tasty bugs it finds in the cow's ear.­ They both get something good out of it.­ This is called "mutualism" (wikipedia article about mutualism).­

Shortly after taking this photo, i witnessed a funny scene: another cow came close to another of those monkeys, apparently because she too wanted her hear scratched and cleaned.­ But that other monkey was not interested, and he gave small punches to the cow's head to tell her to go away.­ But the cow just did not bunged, she kept getting her head close to the monkey.­ The monkey was clearly very upset that the cow was so insistent!

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