A village in Huangyang town, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, encountered a group of special "relatives," four wild golden monkeys, on Thursday afternoon.
As one of the most protected species in China, their unexpected visit sparked excitement in the village, Chinese Business View reported.
"The monkeys got wet in the rain. They were not afraid of us, wandering back and forth in the crowd," said villager Zhao Xinhua.
The monkeys came at around 6 pm, the time when the locals usually have dinner. "They visited us at the perfect time that they must have known our dinner time," Zhao joked.
Touched by their cuteness and pitiful looks, the villagers treated the monkeys with steamed buns, peanuts, and apples.
Local government official Liu Zhangwei said due to the efforts to protect wild animals, species like golden monkeys and pandas sometimes roam the villages.
Yong Mingbo, head of a local wildlife conservation station, however, warned that wild animals may get infections, thus causing epidemics in their communities from the food fed by people. Feeding wild animals may also lower their ability to survive in the wild.