In South East Asia, the long-tailed macaque can be found in a wide range of habitats including primary and secondary forest, mangroves, plantations, outskirts of towns and villages, even in highly populated residential areas which are located close to the woods.
Its success in proliferating and thriving in such diverse environments is largely attributed to its flexible and varied dietary requirements, which can consists of fruits, leaves, small mammals, birds, shellfish and crabs, as well as human leftovers, which is what the cute little fellow in this series of photos is enjoying for its lunch, which looks to me like a piece of leftover KFC chicken :). It was just past lunch time at a popular local stream picnic spot, and a troupe of them were closing in and working the waste disposal area, foraging for food. I spotted another who found a bottle of leftover fizzy drink, then swiftly headed high above a tree, and figuring out how to get to the drink.
I suspect it’s a daily affair for this troupe of long tailed macaques, they certainly seem to have acquired a taste and liking for the food, probably enjoy them more than their diet of fruits and leaves. Is it good for them? I doubt so, on the contrary, I suspect the practice is highly detrimental to their well being and health in the long run.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm