A couple years ago, Elaine and I went to a monkey park in Japan where the monkeys are running around with you and it was completely terrifying. The workers fed all the monkeys at the same time, which meant they were sprinting at you all at the same time. Absolutely horrifying.
Apparently, I briefly forgot about this when I agreed to go to the monkey park.
It was frightening.
The babies were adorable but the adults had very large teeth and were mildly terrifying.
At one point, a woman working there selling bananas was waving a stick and yelling at monkeys to back off.
One of the problems had to do with the fact that the monkeys had learned from past human idiots .
Said idiots carried around their water bottles and food, which meant they immediately became targets for monkey theft.
Monkey theft involved monkeys jumping at you and/or climbing up your body to access your food or water bottles.
Or flip flops.
I didn't have this happen to me but witnessed a lot of attempted thefts and a few successful ones. At one point, a monkey stole someone's keys and ran up a tree. 30 minutes later, that monkey was still high up in the tree holding the man's keys. Or woman's keys. The keys involved furry key chains.
Don't believe the friendly, smiling face
Aka, I accidentally took a couple very inappropriate monkey pictures. Whoops.
This happened one other time. Two monkeys nicely sitting next to each other. I walk over to take a picture and BAM! Coitus!
This guy was pretty relaxed.
As was this one. "Just groom me."
It is a nature reserve and a Hindu temple. In 2011, 605 monkeys lived in the 27 acres of forest. Apparently, now there are a lot more. They live in 4 separate groups throughout the forest. According to the monkey forest website, "The monkeys have lost their fear of humans; they invariably approach human visitors in a large group and grab any bags containing food that the humans have. They may also grab bags not containing food. The visitor will notice the interesting phenomenon of numerous obese monkeys, a testament to the almost unbounded food supply the huge number of tourists entering the forest provide."
"This temple is simply shocking!"
"Why must the baby always eat? Sigh."
Here is a baby drinking from a water bottle.
Oh my gosh! Nemo is swimming out to sea!"