If you were to visit the Meiji Memorial Forest located outside the city of Minoo in central Japan, you might notice something insanely bizarre, yet hilariously amusing . . .
According to News Leader, the deer and the macaques monkeys that inhabit the forest have a very strange relationship.
As you’ll see in the video, young female macaques can be seen climbing on top of sika deer, and moving their hips in a way best described as grinding. They also bite the deer and even pull on their antlers.
This seems like it would be a cardinal sin for just about any deer, but they don’t seem bothered in the slightest, and they continue to nonchalantly munch on food with a monkey riding its back.
More than once, when a deer would walk away, “the female monkeys often displayed sexually motivated tantrums which consist of crouching on the ground, body spasms and screaming, while gazing at the deer,” scientists reportedly wrote in a peer-review study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Scientists believe that the deer’s tolerance for such behavior, was likely due to “potential hygienic benefits” from the monkeys grooming their backs and heads, but we would strenuously object to that theory, because “hygienic” isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you watch this video: