A Macaque’s Meal

‘Hello There’

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.

‘My Special For Today, Sorry, Can’t Share It With You, Too Little To Go Round’

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.

‘Hey, Stan, You Have A Bit More There Which You Can Share With Ken Here’

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.

‘That’s A Cool Looking Retro Camera You Got There, Film?’

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm


8 thoughts on “A Macaque’s Meal

  1. Such beautiful shots of the macaque, Ken. Well captured and my favourite would have to be the last one. It looks as if it’s looking straight at you, wondering if you have anything for him. That does look like leftover KFC alright. I too wonder if that is good for their health in the long run. They are hungry and they need food, and that could be the only food around. I really hope they don’t manage to open the fizzy drink. Hope all is well with you 🙂

    • i think there is ample food to be had in their surrounding environment, just that the leftovers are ‘tasty’ and they have acquired a taste for it, to the detriment of their health. if only all visitors would exercise good moral conscience and take their litter home with them. thanks, mabel.
      regards, ken

  2. Beautiful series of photographs for the attitudes of this monkey – I adore watching (here is in zoos) in nature it’s great – Thank you Ken and Agnés

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