The Curiosity of Toque Macaques

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Heading down from our hotel in Delhouse, Sri Lanka, a group of toque macaques descended upon us. They came running and jumping out of the hills and sliding down telephone wires with clear intent, food!

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With trepidation one of the bolder monkeys moved closer and closer. With his arm extended and his eyes screwed up in the act of sheer defiance, he extended a little monkey finger and touched my camera. When I held down the shutter button, the lens moved and he jumped back in alarm. (Photo of monkey touching my camera courtesy of travel partner Leyland Cecco www.leylandcecco.com )

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Following the little monkey’s curiosity, a van load of curious locals, of the human variety, arrived. They rolled down their windows and dangled crackers out the window. A few of the braver monkeys rushed over to snatch a snack.

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