iranmonkey before after Photos suggest Irans space monkey is fake

Iran's claim that it successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive is under question as photos of the monkey before and after highlight significant differences.

Iran's claim that it successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive is under question as photos of the monkey before and after highlight significant differences.

 
The monkey that was allegedly sent to space appeared to have a red mole above its right eye, along with a light colour to its fur. The monkey purported to have returned from space has no mole and much darker fur.
 
The pictures, released by Iranian media, have caused many to speculate that the space mission was not as successful as the government claims, and that either the monkey did not return alive or the flight never happened at all.
 
iranmonkey before after Photos suggest Irans space monkey is fake
Before and After pictures
 
If the flight was staged, however, it raises questions as to why Iran did not report its failed 2011 launch as a success also. That flight also featured a monkey, but it did not survive.
 
Iran's ability to launch rockets into space has been a cause of grave concern to Israel and the US, which believe Iran could use the rockets to fire nuclear weapons. Iran denies this, but if the launch of the monkey into space was faked then its truthfulness on other matters is also in question.