Friday, 15 April 2016

M IS FOR MONKEY : A-Z Challenge

Welcome to Day 13 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is:


'Wildlife Encounters'




There are over a dozen species of monkey in the Indian sub-continent. Out of the few I’ve seen, the common, or Hanuman, langur is the prettiest. 






Because this monkey is regarded as sacred in Hinduism, it is free to roam at will and is tolerated in villages, temples, farms and even storage facilities.











These langurs live in troops, sometimes with just one dominant male or sometimes in troops with ranked adult males. As with many other animals which live in groups like this, the dominant male spends a great deal of his time watching his back and defending his right against other males to – well – dominate.





See you tomorrow – I’m heading north west. Can you guess where and what the next animal will be?





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37 comments:

  1. This guessing game... it's getting the better of me!
    Let's say the Nubian idex... somewhere in Jordan?
    AJ at Ouch My Back Hurts

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  2. But that's a fascinating animal to choose as your guess... you mean Ibex don't you?

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    1. I do... the lisdexia getting the better of me... again! But, never mind how fascinating... you didn't go there! ;-)

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    2. No, sorry - I haven't seen a Nubian Ibex.

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  3. I fancy reading about a numbat from Australia.

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    1. Hi, Bob and thanks for visiting my blog. A numbat? Gosh, you've given me a challenge!

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  4. That is a pretty monkey in a gorgeous setting! I'm afraid I'm at a loss for N. See you soon!

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    1. Hi Karen - the setting is Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Beautiful, isn't it?

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  5. Ah! its fun to watch Langurs antics :)
    Awesome post ...!

    Cheers,
    Srivi - AtoZChallenge
    M for Mind | Twitter

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    1. Thanks, Srivi - they're lovely monkeys aren't they?

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  6. I love monkeys!! Keep seeing more and more people are getting one as pet, but they should be in nature...

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    1. Nooo!! You are quite right - these are animals that should never, ever be kept in captivity... the idea of a monkey for a pet is loathsome to me.

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  7. Considered sacred by Hindus? Something else I've learned! :)

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    1. One of the lovely things about Hinduism is their reverence of certain animals. :)

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  8. I've lost track of your journey, going back for the blogs I've missed! LOL
    Happy trails!

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    1. No problem - all these posts are stand alone.

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  9. For some reason, monkeys sort of creep me out. Not sure why. Your photos are stunning as always.
    @deb_atwood from
    Pen In Her Hand

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    1. They are uncannily like us, Deb - I find them rather endearing. Glad you like my photos anyway. :)

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  10. I wonder if these are the same breed of monkeys that live in the Jaipur temple? They were amazing to watch (though if I were in charge I'd hire a full-time vet & caretaker to look after them... a few seemed a tad mangy... but what do I know).

    Thanks for the visits over at Life In Dogs :) (And sorry about the tears today... If it's any consolation, I cried my way through writing it.)

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    1. They may have been langurs, Guilie. On the other hand, I've often seen rhesus macaques at temples. Wild animals are usually best left to get on with their lives without our intervention.

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  12. I'm loving these posts. Always full of exotic destinations and info on animals which I always enjoy.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. My N destination is perhaps the least exotic of this month's locations, but that's because it's my home country and ones home country is never exotic, is it? :)

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  13. One of our highlights on our trip to Costa Rica was seeing the monkeys although there were only about three kinds to see on that trip. Our guide told us a story about how on a previous tour the monkeys had thrown a bee hive at the boat as it went by. Glad I wasn't on that tour.

    @WeekendsInMaine
    Weekends In Maine

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    1. Good grief! Imagine having a hoard of bees thrown at you. I've been threatened by a monkey in Kenya - they can be feisty and dangerous.

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  14. Dean Koontz wrote a chilling story of a town terrorized by a troop of genetically altered Resis Monkeys -- I know I misspelled the proper name, but I am at work without access to spellcheck!

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    1. I've read a few of his books - but not this one - sounds very chilling!

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  15. These monkeys are cute but can be a nuisance from what I have seen and heard...only on tv though

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    1. Monkeys are packed with personality - and yes, Birgit, they can be very mischievous and sometimes dangerous. But I think we have to take the blame for their nuisance behaviour. It's all down to perception, isn't it? :)

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    2. Absolutely! I agree with you 100%

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  16. Beautiful pics. And I learned something new :-) Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

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    1. Hi Ronel and thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you'll pop by again to learn more things about wild animals. :)

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  17. We had monkeys living in a tree in my grandmother's home. Once, they came into the house, took our house keys and returned to their place on a large tree in the backyard. It took a lot of cajoling to get them to return the house keys.

    Aneeta from
    How to Tell a Great Story

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    1. Great story, Aneeta - very funny, but probably not so funny when you were trying to retrieve your keys.

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  18. Fabulous... I wonder what England would be like if we allowed an animal to have perfect freedom. Squirrels.

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  20. It's one of the things that make India very special, Liz. Where else would you see cows wandering at liberty in the middle of a city - or a temple where they welcome rats? I'm not sure that would work in England though!

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