The Streets of India: Monkey Edition

Technically, this one could have fit into yesterday’s category featuring the animals of India, but I took so many pictures of monkeys in India that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two to share with you, so they’re getting their own post.

As common as it was to see cows out and about in India, monkeys were even more prevalent. The only thing I can compare them to is squirrels. In Tennessee, squirrels are everywhere and you’d think nothing about seeing them in your backyard or playing in the trees. The same goes for monkeys in India. We saw hundreds of them, but most of our pictures turned out very blurry because monkeys are quick! One reached out and touched me while I was taking his picture and I think my heart stopped for 20 seconds. They may look all cute and cuddly, but they are still wild!

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

I wasn’t kidding when I said monkeys are all over the place. They hang out in the trees, on top of buildings, and sometimes you might even discover one just mere inches from where you stand, hanging onto a fence along the sidewalk.

It was so bizarre often being so close that we could reach out and pet them, but you probably don’t want to do that. The momma above didn’t mind when I took her picture, but when Cory tried to get close for a shot, she hissed at him and bared her teeth. It’s actually sort of terrifying when you realize these adorable animals could literally tear your face off.

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

More often than not, the monkeys we saw on our trip were females carrying around their babies. Watch them long enough and you can begin to understand why some folks believe we adapted from their species.

Now, I’m not trying to get into a debate over evolution here, I’m just saying, most of the momma monkeys we saw looked tired and worn out with red-rimmed eyes, deflated breasts, and misshapen nipples. Does that sound familiar to anyone? :)

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

At one point on the trip, we had a close encounter with some male monkeys. The males actually seemed a little friendlier than the females, likely because they weren’t attempting to protect their young. My mom happened to have some Saltine crackers in her purse, so we fed them like ducks at a pond. Except they were monkeys on a wall.

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

Apparently, even monkeys hate that dry mouth feeling you get after a couple of crackers. This one stole Lexie’s water bottle. We let him keep it. Thirty minutes later, he still hadn’t figured out how to get the top off. Superior species, I think not.

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

This is the monkey I mentioned earlier that reached out and touched me. I think he was reaching for my camera, but he grabbed my hand instead. I nearly had a heart attack when I felt his hands on me. If he had gotten a hold of my camera, there’d have been no getting it back either!

The Streets Of India: Monkey Edition

Monkeys are fascinating creatures, but I don’t recommend getting as close to them as we did. In my excitement over finding monkeys, I never stopped to think what would have happened if one of them had bitten us, which is definitely a risk we were taking.

Moral of the story: Use a zoom lens to photograph monkeys, not your point and shoot.

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  • Kiddothings
    August 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    We have monkeys like these in our neighbourhood park. And HaHa to “red-rimmed eyes, deflated breasts, and misshapen nipples” – I totally relate to that. sigh.

  • Mrs. Match
    August 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Those monkeys with their babies are so precious. They do look worn out! I don’t blame you for getting close. I would have done the same thing!

    and Janette is right, they look like great huggers!

  • Janette Johanson
    August 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    IA’s thoughts are a tad freaky but the pictures really are great. I love monkeys but it is probably best to remain at a distance so that I’m not fearing them for the rest of my life. I say that and I have a fear of birds and have never been bit or attacked by one.. hmm… i guess its those big ole monkey eyes that draw you in and the fact that they look like they are great huggers. These picture reviews of India are quite sad. I think my folks have been there before and left feeling rather depressed but to them, its the only world they know- they have nothing to compare it to. Just hope they have a God and pray that they are happy somehow.

  • Rachel @ MyNaturallyFrugalFamily
    August 10, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Monkeys scare me. I feel like they are just smart enough to put a hurting on you. If one had touched me oh my…you are brave to have gotten those pics :)

  • Liz
    August 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I laughed out loud about the red-rimmed eyes and deflated breasts comment . . . HA! Yes, thank you, that does sound awfully familiar ;) LOVE LOVE the monkey babies and thier mamas. Too sweet!

  • Kerry
    August 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Hahahaha you are so funny with your last comment lol

    These pictures are amazing SK, I love them!! Wow you did get so close but the pictures were so worth it!! I have not ever seen anything like it, other than in a book but you captured them superbly in the wild?(albiet taking a risk lol). Hard to believe they just roam around town isn’t it?!

    Thanks for sharing, I am going to show my kids this post!!

  • Alyx
    August 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    OHMYGOSH BABY FREAKING MONKEYS!!!! I would have peed my pants from excitement. Because seriously!! Baby monkeys are so cute. Monkeys in general are so cute! Okay, I’m done obsessing over the monkeys.

  • Impulsive Addict
    August 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Monkeys not in a fence? Oh HELL no! Those suckers can be mean!!! And when I go see them at the zoo, they’re always “stimulating themselves” or sticking a stick up their butts. Truly disturbing!!!

  • Daisy
    August 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    These pictures are so great! Monkeys are kind of funny looking. Haha.

    I’m glad you didn’t get bitten!

  • Lauren
    August 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    I’m loving your posts on India! I never got to travel there while living in Thailand. I think it’s great that you’re letting your daughter experience it all too!

    The monkeys are adorable but I would have been a little scared! Haha!

  • Krista
    August 8, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Those are beautiful pictures. You captured some great expressions and faces. I would have been just as fascinated as you.

    I bet that if you had been more afraid of them, they would have been more aggressive toward you. The fact that you didn’t think about it probably helped keep you safer than if you had been constantly thinking about it.

  • Macey
    August 8, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    Monkeys are def worth their own post.

    They are cute/creepy. Does that make sense?

  • Emmymom
    August 8, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    I would have taken way too many pictures of the monkeys too as they are cute and that would have been so fascinating just to see them out and about like that. I wonder if someone visiting from India would go crazy taking pictures of squirrels :)

    You got some amazing shots!! Seriously so awesome.

  • Nicole
    August 8, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    LOL @ Kelli! hahahahaha

    Lady, you are BRAVE! It gives me anxiety FOR you just looking at the pictures and seeing how close they are!

  • Amy
    August 8, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Hey doll face!!

    Haven’t been here in AGES.. and look at you… IN INDIA! :)

    I have seen too many TV shows of them looking all sweet and kind to have them reach out and do something crazy. I would have screamed like a girl…. wait. uhh

    Hope you are doing well.

  • Kelli Herrington
    August 8, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    How crazy I think my kids escaped and found you lol

    I would have died if I wasnt paying attention and one grabbed my hand too.

  • Jo
    August 8, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    You are right, the look cute but can be very dangerous especially if you have food that you don’t want to give to them.

  • Connie Weiss
    August 8, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    They are so cute! Love the babies.

    I’d have crapped my pants if a monkey touched me.