In reality, staffers with WFFT suspect Hope was hit by a moving vehicle or had been beaten by someone with a weapon. Sadly, both are common occurrences in macaque populations who live near people, according to WFFT.
The veterinary team took the young macaque back to WFFT's wildlife rescue center to further assess his condition.
"The mother was nowhere to be seen," Tom Taylor, assistant director with WFFT, told The Dodo. "She had [must have] ... fled the scene. It is unlikely that she left her baby behind, or she was fatally injured herself."