Remember that I was all jealous when E. went on an ill-fated scooter ride but got to see cute monkeys?
A few days ago, we went to Nandi Hills with a couple of friends and their amazing dog. I expected a few monkeys here and there, but there were over 700 of them, they were everywhere! It was awesome!! A quick internet search shows they are bonnet macaques, a funny looking monkey with Spock ears, and very common in South India. North India gets its own type of monkeys! (North v. South geographical battles exist here as well).
I was a bit concerned bringing a dog might be risky but our guide told us these monkeys would not attack, unless you have food they like, such as Slice (my favorite artificial mango drink). We saw a lot of them eating mango pits or full ears of corn, so I believe they are fed on purpose. There are also lots of stray dogs, who weren’t exactly friendly. To a monkey, a dog on a leash was quite a novelty, and they came out of the trees to check him out.
The mom and babies are adorable, tears, fleas, ticks and all. We saw dozens of them. These monkeys make a sound that resembles a French “rrrrrr”. You can hear the mother’s different sounds on this video:
They are so smart. One of them found a discarded bottle of Coke (not mine), either thrown out by a not so smart human, or picked up in a garbage can. He tried to drink the liquid from the bottom of the bottle, since gravity forces liquid to stay at the bottom. I had already seen a monkey do that at the Bannerghatta Park.
“Oh gravity, thou art a heartless bitch” (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory).