We were staying in a resort hotel on a beautiful bit of coastline right in the heart of a monkey-filled forest. We'd seen monkeys around the grounds of the hotel---they were Balinese Long-Tailed Macaques (Macaca Fascicuiaris) We'd also seen a sign warning guests not to feed them. We know monkeys carry diseases and can be extremely vicious. Last year we had a close and uncomfortable encounter with a different species of macaques while bushwalking in Malaysia. The hotel employs two monkey wranglers who carry sling-shots to ward off troublesome monkeys.
|A Balinese long-tailed macaque saying g'day or maybe selamat pagi.|
|A family of monkey's enjoying the view from our balcony.|
|A grumpy monkey challenging a smaller one.|
|Walking across the glass screen at the end of our balcony.|
|This guy could see our fruit bowl but there was no way he was coming in.|
|The monkey gauntlet: where we came to grief.|
|Quite obviously posing for me.|
|Some of the rest of the troop nit picking in the hotel gardens.|
|Climbing into the corridor to see what the fuss was about.|
|This is when I knew I was in trouble.|
|The leaders of the attack pack photographed by a rapidly retreating hotel guest.|
I should add that Bali was wonderful. I don't know why we left it so long to go there. Maybe it was because everyone we knew had already been there---hardly a good reason. I'm sure none of them had the same experiences we did.