Friday, April 23, 2010

White-faced Capuchin monkeys accepting a handout

Here is a photo of how the white-faced Capuchin monkeys will hop on the excursion boats to take fruit being offered by delighted tourists. This was not the boat that my family was on, but another boat that pulled up to the shore of the river at a spot where the monkeys have trained the tourist boats to stop and feed them.

There is something satisfying about making contact with and communicating with a wild animal. The white-faced Capuchin monkeys will stare into your eyes to make an assessment of whether you are friendly, then they will approach and accept the gifts of fruit being handed out, as you see happening here.

JM, who does an outstanding and very popular Daily Photo site from Oerias, Portugal and who also has a Traveling photo site, has posted photos in the past from Costa Rica showing the white-faced Capuchin monkeys taking food leftover from lunch on the beach. Here is a link to those photos.

This week we are showing photos of one of our favorite cities, and certainly the most unique city on earth, Venice, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. It is a photographer's delight.

7 comments:

brattcat said...

I, too, am fascinated by cross-species communication. I really like your observation about the way the monkeys assess a human before approaching. Do humans do the same?

Sharon said...

That woman seems to be enjoying the feeding experience.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

i like the Howler monkeys better!

Lois said...

This does look like fun!

Jarart said...

Wow, that's what I call getting up close and personal! It's good that they take a moment to assess the person before getting that close.

glenda said...

I wonder if they ever look into a humans eyes and then decide to pass on the food handout. I remember that look and wondered what they were thinking.

JM said...

Perfect timing! :-)

Thank you so much for mentioning my blogs on your post, David!

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