A Monkey Parade!

No, not the parade for hopeful courting teenagers!

This was a trooping ‘home’ of scores of simians across the roof behind the Gateway hotel in Coonoor, and up a nearby tree to wherever it is they bed down for the night! I am guessing leaving room doors open here isn’t an option.

Although not part of the parade, I couldn’t resist including little Hanuman (as Meredith would surely have named him) and his adoring mom, who I captured on the highway, against R’s dire warnings about getting mauled and having my camera snatched away. I admit it was foolhardy of me, but just look at them!
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Happy Thursday!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

97 thoughts on “A Monkey Parade!

  1. I am so touched and speechless. Priceless images, Madhu. I am a big sucker for animals – especially donkeys, monkeys…. How close were you to little Hanuman? What would they have done if you had left your door open? A big thank you for this gift. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome dear Paula! I know your fondness for animals. And pigeons 😀 Monkeys are aggressive thieves, so leaving rooms open with so many of them around would be inviting trouble. I was a nervous 8 – 10 feet away from Hanuman and I also had to keep an eye open for traffic rounding the bend from behind me. Hubby was ready to certify me 🙂

      1. Fascinating.. they look so cuddly and harmless. Not long ago I read an article in “New Scientist” about a 4-year chimpanzee war that broke out in Tanzania in 1971. Males were castrating other males, beating the crap out of females, and females eating other chimps’ young- shocking! I still put on my rose-tinted glasses when I go to a zoo…

        1. That kind of behaviour had to have been brought on by trauma induced by human intervention. I refuse to believe animals behave like that without provocation.

        2. I share your views Madhu, though “New Scientist” states that they are just like humans, but I refuse to believe that 😦

        3. Me too. The attacks in Africa I have read of, were all by chimps that had escaped from captivity. Shall check out the New Science site.

    1. Thank you Sally. I love their body language. I think the mother sensed the baby’s fear and was trying to reassure it!

    1. Thank you Bikramjit. A monkey forest with millions of monkeys sounds creepy….a mini planet of the apes!! 🙂

  2. Hello darling … tiny perfect little fingers and toes – just toooo beautiful, clutching hard, listening hard and daring, just to sneak a peek at that strange lady with the weird eye! I suppose
    R’s right, but Mama’s not seeing you, playing invisible, so I think she’d have dematerialised if you came within her discomfort zone. But boy, did you ever get close … fantastic shot Madhu – thanks – I so enjoyed meeting young Mr. H. 🙂

    1. I knew you would Meredith! 🙂 I did get the ‘keep your distance” look as you can see, and if I hadn’t heeded it I would have been in trouble.

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      The adorable Mr.H never once let go of mama’s teat!

  3. What a treat, Madhu! An amazing experience for you, I’ll bet. I wouldn’t have been able to keep the camera still. Beautiful creatures!

  4. Madhu, I admire your courage especially for the Mom and Baby monkey photo. I was a teenager and learned my lesson about taking pictures of a Mamma Monkey and her baby. As soon as my camera flashed, the Mamma monkey with her baby attached ran towards me and I ran for life. I am glad I could get inside the house and in safe quarters, but my heart was pounding for a very long time.

    1. You can’t blame them for getting spooked by your flash can you? 🙂 Mothers with babies are going to be particularly wary of threats and any sudden movement or light will surely be perceived as one. I rarely use flash.

  5. Wonderful images, Madhu! You’re brave, I once had a very frightening encounter with monkeys at Bali, no, twice actually – and I have a lot of respect for this animals. 🙂 They are beautiful, but also aggressive; not only being protective. I once went to a temple and were sitting outside with friends enjoying the glorious sunset; it was as if they had been waiting for us to arrive. Several of the monkeys lined up, attacked and went straight for our bags, the picnic, the water bottles … Quite scary, actually.

    1. Thank you Dina. I think they are worst at touristy places like Bali. These were not as accustomed to people or easy food. Still, I agree that it is safer to maintain a healthy distance 🙂

  6. Wonderful photos, Madhu! I can’t imagine what might happen if hotel room doors were left open at night! I am in love with the mama and baby photo the most.

    1. Nothing more serious than a few missing ‘trinkets’ or fruit Angeline, unless they were surprised and felt cornered. The mama and baby were adorable! I would have spent more time with them if I didn’t have a plane to catch 🙂

  7. I remember the langur monkeys crashing around on our hill leave bungalows at Mussoorie and the pesky little critters who used to break into our vacation bungalows in Kodaikanal and steal our bananas, The classic monkey story I remember was when we lived in Pune and one escaped its cage and tried to ride around on the back of my daughter’s pet hen. 🙂

  8. They are so human ! I don’t imagine keeping the door open is advisable 🙂

    1. True, I would hate them as much as the pigeons on my balcony if they lived on my mango tree and pilfered from my house 🙂 Thank you Ron. Pleasure to see you here.

    1. Thank you Viveka. Heart melting is the right word. I got misty eyed when I saw that look on the mama’s face 🙂

  9. Oh! Oh! Oh! You reckless woman, that is the most beautiful image! 🙂

    Madhu, can I check that you are ok and that noone you love is involved in the building collapse in Chennai? I saw the news headlines just a few minutes ago.

    1. Thank you Jo. Appreciate your concern. No one I know was in that accident. Can you imagine the carelessness of those builders? Arrested now, but who is to answer for the lives lost?

      1. I didn’t fully understand the cause, Madhu? I thought they were blaming excessive rain but surely that should be taken account of?

        1. Yesterday’s sudden sharp thunderstorm lasted little over an hour!! Nothing like our incessant and cyclonic monsoons. It had to be faulty construction and suspect material. The building was not yet ready or the death toll would have been higher.

  10. Macaques are prevalent in Singapore. Due to indiscriminate feeding by humans – these are now a pest – I meant, the humans 🙂

  11. That shot of Hanuman and his mother was clearly worth the risk, I think! The macaques of Coonoor look less mischievous than the ones of Bali, but what do I know, appearances may be deceiving… 🙂

    1. It must be the excessive interaction with tourists that turns them aggressive James. These are less accustomed to easy food, although I am sure they must be a nuisance near the parks where tourists picnic during season. I found the Coatis in Iguazu just as pesky!

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