I wrote before that many men like Rilakkuma in Japan. But I found out that not only do men like Rilakkuma, even a monkey likes Rilakkuma!
The little monkey is called Otome. She lives in Ichikawashi Doushokubutsuen (市川市動植物園) Chiba prefecture in Japan. She was born in 2008. But unfortunately her mother neglected her. So she was artificially reared by breeding staff. Baby monkeys usually cling on to their mother’s body, but she didn’t have a mother so the breeding staff gave her stuffed animals to cling to. She had many kinds of stuffed animals, but she liked Rilakkuma the best. After she returned to the group she was still always with her Rilakkuma.
In the Youtube clip, she always brought her Riakkuma along with her. Sometimes she sat on her Rilakkuma. Her Rilakkuma became dirty and weak. But the little monkey loved her dirty Rilakkuma very much. Thanks to him, she could be relaxed in an unfamiliar group when she returned the group.
Now she is three years old. She is independent from her Rilakkuma. Her Rilakkuma is in front of the monkey mountain. The paper under him says ”I’ve finished nursing”. He looks so relaxed now.