A troop of Mona monkey resides on the margins of a dense forest which envelopes the Osun Sacred Grove on the outskirts of Osogbo, Nigeria.
This grove - one of the nation’s premier tourist attractions - houses clusters of ancient sculptures and elaborate shrines which honour some of the deities which were widely worshiped by the area’s indigenes.
These canny primates are thoroughly habituated to humans. Their expanding repertoire of comical chicanery commands a constant flow of succulent fruit from enchanted visitors.
Their pursuit of the easy pickings from tourists mimics the brazenness exhibited by Cape Town’s notorious urban baboons. Fortunately, these monkey lack the size and aggression of those rascals. They’ll march up to you, look you right in the eye and pluck their favoured little red bananas from your hand but it’s unlikely that they’ll attempt to steal the bounty from your unattended car.
I hesitated to post this photo;. i Carefully curate by feed to keep it free of captive animals - I succeeded about 99% of the time. Now, these monkeys are not captive - they have no obvious limitation on their ability to come and go. But I hesitate to regard them as truly wild and free.
Surely, their survival skills and wild instincts must’ve become blunted over generations of easy indulgence spent caging treats by the roadside. I pondered for a moment how adeptly they would forage in the forest if the humans abruptly left the scene. I wondered whether they could even find their way to the forest.
What do you think? Are these animals wild?
Little red flying-fox after a belly dip.
Spending their life either upside down or in the air, flying-foxes need to be creative in how they source a drink. An effective way to wet the whistle is by swooping low along waterways, dipping down and collecting water on their belly fur. Once wet, the thirsty flying-fox can then pull up on a tree and lick the water from the belly!
Photographed on the Victoria River, Northern Territory.
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