Queen Of The Apes
Nobody told us about the monkeys.
We thought we were prepared to live and travel in Asia.
But no one mentioned monkeys.
Our first simian encounter came in Japan.
|I thought Africa and South America had
cornered the monkey market.
Sure, I knew that a few scrambled around the bowels of Borneo - but Japan?
Have you ever seen a monkey in a samurai movie?
Or woodblock prints of geisha and monkeys?
Neither had I.
We were hiking near Osaka when I spotted my first wild
monkey, in a river gorge.
Wild monkeys don't wear little red outfits and do flips
for loose change.
Our next meetings occurred in Bali, where Angie - Queen
of the Apes - developed her unique rapport with monkeys.
Another time, she was sitting quietly with a friendly little guy, until he suddenly decided to grab her breast. When she pushed him away, he tried to bite her arm.
So, Angie and the monkeys were no longer on speaking
And word had traveled. In Singapore, a SWAT team of
primates pulled a raid on her daypack, stealing a bag of pastries from it.
I don't know what happened in Kuala Lumpur, but Angie and the apes came to an agreement.
As we passed through the gauntlet of monkeys at Batur
Caves, she fixed them with a steely gaze.
The last time we saw a monkey was in Guilin, China, but
he kept his distance.