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!
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.
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? :)
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.
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.
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!
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.