DAILY PHOTO: Quality Family Time, Monkey Style

Taken on March 28, 2015 at Dodda Alada Mara (Big  Banyan Bangalore)

Taken on March 28, 2015 at Dodda Alada Mara (Big Banyan Bangalore)


Bangalore’s Big Banyan (Dodda Alada Mara) hosts a number of macaque families, such as this one.

DAILY PHOTO: Helping Hand or Monkey Bite?: You Decide

Taken on March 24, 2014 at Nandi Hills.

Taken on March 24, 2014 at Nandi Hills.

One monkey was hanging off the fascia of Tipu Sultan’s old hunting lodge. The other was either being a helpful monkey–trying to help his brother up–or being a mischievous monkey–trying to make him fall.

You figure out which.

Here’s a photo from moments later.

IMG_1348Still can’t tell?

IMG_1350If you said they were in the middle of a mixed martial arts knock-down-drag-out, you were correct.  Here you can see the monkey who had been hanging getting a single-leg take-down on his tormentor.

FYI- For those who think one needs to get all “roided up” for strength building: Note this apparently puny monkey had the upper body strength to pull himself onto a roof while successfully fighting off an attack.

POEM: Monkeys Make Me Smile

Monkeys always make me smile

Some have hair in human styles

Oh the vanity  their locks betray

Can you spot the one with a toupee?


Faces so reminiscent of our kind

Eyes suggesting intelligent minds

Into their faces they’ll one day grow

but the youngsters all look like H. Ross Perot


They’ll sit on your car like they just don’t care

And screw the haters who stop and stare

Have you the courage to leave your mark

on the windshield of one who double parks


It amuses us that they sling their poo

So we banish them to the city zoo

But what of our words so vitriolic

We’re evolved to sling poo symbolic