October 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
During our time abroad, MM and I have experienced close encounters with koala bears, raccoons, squirrels, deer, and the odd black bear wandering through our backyards. So, it is no surprise that out here in this neck-of-the-woods we would eventually be visited by MONKEYS! This morning a family of monkeys dropped into our neighbourhood. In fact, they’re not strangers at all—they have become regular celebrities. We get star-struck every time the monkeys make an appearance.
But, that being said, it is also alarming when a wild animal treads across your doorstep. It makes you realize just how fast and furiously we are encroaching into nature as we urbanize and suburbanize the landscape—we’re practically squeezing the wildlife out of their homes. The monkeys that have made our neighbourhood their new foraging grounds face an uncertain future because their natural habitat (a forested area near where we live) will soon be cleared to make way for a condominium development in the impending months to come. *sigh*
If the monkeys that we observed this morning could speak, I think their conversation would go something like this…