I recently went to the Jigokudani monkey park in Nagano, famous for its lazy macaque monkeys. They have earned their lazy stripes relaxing in hot springs, passing the cold winter in their own little monkey heaven. It was amazing to see. They are so used to human visitors they accept you into their troop, letting you get as close as you like. Maybe they are just too lazy to object. Either way, it’s an intriguing experience; human-like behaviour mimicking a little piece of you. When you look into their eyes their is an intelligence and understanding you don’t see in other animals.
This one was relaxing in the hot spring, bleary eyed and lazy as he peers over the edge at the enraptured photographers. He is probably wondering what is so interesting, us both as much a zoo attraction as each other.
The monkey park is a photo haven, their willingness to pose and colourful faces making it difficult to take a bad one. I took lots and thought I would make a regular feature- ‘Monkey Moments’. One monkey per blog post, until I run out of good ones. See some other monkey moments.