How long does it take a monkey to learn a new trick? Umm.. I have no idea really, but I can tell you how long it takes for one to learn to drink from a pouch. The other day, we, the son, the niece and myself, were at Nandi Hills at Bangalore when we noticed a lone monkey with a pouch of mango juice which it probably had swiped off an unsuspecting kid, or a careless adult for that matter.
Pleased at having outwitted one of her supposedly smarter cousins, the simian proceeded to stare at the snatched prize, trying to decipher the codes to unlock its contents (“Oh! The tantalising aroma!”). She gently tried pressing the distended ‘tummy’ of the pouch. Out dribbled a few drops of golden yellow juice and fell on the ground in front of her. Tentatively, she licked them (Golly, THIS was good!), getting some mud too into her mouth in the process. Then, she pressed the pouch belly again, with more force this time, and bent to lick the mango juice-mud combo.
At that point, I could almost hear her monkey brain whirring in frustration, “There has got to be a better way than this! Besides, I don’t see any humans with their nose to the ground!” And then she got it (Gawd, what a dumbo she had been!), the right way to get at the tasty juice inside. She put the mouth of the pouch to her lips and gently squeezed. “Eureka!!!” she screamed… er.. I mean I did, just before capturing the scene for ye all. 😉
©Shail Mohan 2016
Monkey see, monkey do
Basic instincts followed thru’
We could hear Shail yell, “Yoohoo!”!
Haha, Gul. Superb, as usual 😀
you had me in splits Shail. I laugh every time I think of monkey with nose in sand thinking about human not having their nose there too. 😉
Glad you laughed 😉 It was a funny sight.
Smiley typo 😀
Nandi Hills is a beautiful place. We used to hang out there with cousins 😀
Ahh, I bet you all had fun times 😀
Traci York said:
LOL! Awesome anecdote, and stupendous snap, Shail!
Thank you, Traci 🙂
He saved himself extra trouble by not swiping the little straw. Those things are a menace. I’d like to see a monkey poke it into the pouch without ending up wearing half of the juice. I haven’t been able to do it yet…. Thanks for the entertaining post!
Your comment made me laugh! 🙂 Thank you.
Great picture. Smart monkey!
Yup, a smart one, she! Thank you 🙂
I went from one post about monkeys to another! I’m so jealous of everyone who gets that close and personal with a monkey. All we have are squirrels! And that is brilliant to capture the monkey “getting it.”
Thank you, Mel. There were so many of them around and it was very entertaining watching them 🙂
How fabulous! Great photo and commentary.
Thank you, Mali. Glad you liked it. 🙂
You gotta admit, monkey are so intelligent and smart. They’ll always figure out a way 😉