The monkey, appearing to be wailing as it holds the limp body of her baby, was photographed in Jabalphur, India, by 31-year-old Avinash Lodhi.
Happily moments after it was taken, the youngster appeared to make a full recovery.
Avinash said: ‘This picture is very close to my heart because throughout my entire photography career I have never seen anything like this.
‘It was taken in Madhya Pradesh, in central India, and Avinash said:
‘It was so quick I didn’t even know what was happening when I took the picture but as soon as I confirmed the image I was silent for an hour.
‘This moment is rare, especially with animals.’