Monday, June 30, 2008

A TREE OF LIFE


You can't see it ................but this tree is full of Vervet monkeys! Probably about 30 of them. It is a huge wild fig tree that is a half way house for most of the birds and monkeys passing through.



Lets zoom in and have a look.



This is Strumpet and her baby. The Oak Park troop visits at least once a day and we have given most of them names because they all have distinct personalities which match their names.....of course.

We have Genghis and Tuft, Brains and Strut; Oprah..... who is good humoured and happy to share her loot; Posh ...a rather snooty young thing who always bats her eyelids at everyone; Solo who visits on her own because it is easier for her to sneak in undetected; Blue (with the most vivid posterior) and Dr. Evil.
I don't think any animal is evil but this one definitely does his best to live up to his name. He is a real menace and is never short of ingenius ways of getting into the house to trash my kitchen. He opens the door and walks in on hind legs, flings the lid off the enamel bread bin, helps himself to a whole loaf of bread which he puts under one arm whilst placing a banana under the other, then hefts a butternut out of the vegetable rack and usually escapes with the lot. Madame is his accomplice but she hovers around the edge making sure she is first out the door......and first in line to eat the spoils. You can see her on the roof looking at a brown crust and wondering whether to go back in for her preferred white loaf.


Well, I had better get back to work! Anyone would think I have all day to watch monkeys.

22 comments:

  1. That is so incredible and so vastly different that anything we have in our trees up here! Reminds me of the little children's story "Caps for Sale".

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  2. My thinking is running along the same line as Willow's. How different your life is from mine. Squirrels are the only thing in my trees besides a few birds. How do you keep that naughty monkey out of your kitchen?

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  3. steviewren, I would love to have squirrels in my trees! I usually make sure there is no food available for a few weeks and then they lose interest. If they find food regularly they take over my kitchen.

    Willow, I was thinking the same thing when I saw the photo of the deer in your garden.

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  4. How wonderful to have a tree full of monkeys in your back garden. The whole concept of that seems very strange to me all the way over here in New Zealand. I would never get anything done, I'd be watching their antics all day.

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  5. azirca, they are the most humorous beasties to watch!

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  6. Amazing tree!! I love the names you've chosen. I can just imagine their personalities based on your name choices. Living in upstate NY your story of monkeys in the kitchen helping themselves to you food sounds totally out of this world!!! Great story.

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  7. Robyn, there's an award waiting for you over at my place...come on over and pick it up! ;)

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  8. Robyn, This is hilarious!!!!!!!!... I love it!!!
    Did I ever tell you that when I was a kid, I always wished for a monkey for a pet... not likely to happen up here in the ice and snow,, but that didn't matter... I wanted one anyway...
    i am loving your descriptions of their antics... "Dr. Evil Walks right in on his hind legs and flings open the bread bin... "hahahaha.. you'd think he'd been watching!!... must have good eyes... "monkey see... monkey do"!!!

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  9. Catherine WitherellJuly 1, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Outrageous story and so interesting! What a fascinating life you lead.

    In California and in my yard we have raccoons, foxes, rabbits, turkeys, owls, doves, hawks, eagles and my kids, who sometimes act like monkeys, but no actual monkeys.

    What is going to happen there tomorrow?

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  10. I can't believe you have monkeys outside your house. I would think I had fallen through the proverbial looking glass if that were the case up here. How fascinating indeed!

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  11. and i thought my cats were cheeky...

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  12. Such a charming post! Thx, made me laugh out loud to picture Dr. Evil going off with your bread and bananas *ahem*, sorry, he just sounds so naughty.

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  13. Wow! Fancy having monkeys every day! The commonplace to you is totally exotic to me.

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  14. Gwen, they watch alright! That tree looks straight into my kitchen. A lot of the time I don't know they are there. The sound of the bread bin lid will start up an animated conversation within the troop.

    Kerrip, In Summer the tree is so leafy you can't see whats in it but you can hear that ther's a lot going on.

    Catherine, you could start a zoo with the visitors to your garden! Lavinia, I feel very priveleged that they visit.

    Tumbleweed, the stories I could tell.....

    Shayla, they have me in stitches regularly!

    Jackie, I get that feeling often on the internet.

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  15. WOW...I am SO envious!! I wish I had a troop of monkeys in my tree. I just have one naughty grey squirrel who eats ALL the bird food. See you later!!

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  16. June, there is a down side to having the monkeys here. They rob every birds nest of eggs or babies and bird feeders are trashed on a regular basis.

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  17. You have an amazing blog, it's fantastic.
    Great post...I would love a troop of monkeys in my tree...wonder what the bushy tailed possums would think of that?

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  18. Thanks Jo. I'l trade you a monkey for a bushy tailed possum.

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  19. what a fun post! i love all your creativity in naming the monkeys based on their personalities! how fun!

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  20. How wonderful! They must be so inspiring to watch - are you not tempted to carve monkeys all day?

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  21. Valonia, I have included monkeys in my art but maybe it's time I did so again.

    Julie, It was fun writing this post!

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  22. I've read about these trees. Quite extraordinary and to have such wildlife in them. Thx for the blog.

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