This big guy visited the roof of our hostel for food from Mukhus, the cook. Mukhus would hold the food in his hand and have one of the monkeys get close enough to take it in his hand! We were not so foolish but we were memorized by the monkeys or honestly, I was. Our room was only a few steps from the roof, and close enough to hear one of the Indians yelling. . . “Mon-Keys, Mon-Keys!” to alert us of a visit and photography opportunity.
The monkeys had lots of personality and are fearless. We had to be on the look-out for where they were at all times. They are attracted to shiny objects and if you put your sun glasses down , even for a second, they might be gone when you go to put them back on. And never put them on the top of your head! We were told not to walk with our hands in our pockets as this is a signal to the monkeys that there might be food in there for THEM. You will see that in the video when the monkey jumped to take what the man is eating ! David and I had the anti-rabies vaccination but many of the students didn’t. The cost is a whopping $900 but though you will have to be treated if infected by a rabid animal, you won’t die. Keep your eyes open for monkeys on the wires above, sitting on the walls, on shiny car roofs, or just sitting on the corners in groups. . waiting !
Hindus consider monkeys the embodiment of Hanuman, the monkey god. They will not kill them, but the monkey infestation is so bad in some areas that people will wear monkey masks to scare and chase the monkeys away. But those pesky, clever animals are not fooled for long and are soon back hunting for food!
This video was taken in Agra, which some of you might remember is the site of the Taj Mahal. Enjoy!