February 5, 2011

Bukit Melawati - Monkey & I

Bukit Melawati in Kuala Selangor is where the Royal Mausoleum is located where you will find the final resting place of Selangor's first three Sultans. However, it was unfortunate that the gates to the mausoleum were locked when we were there.

This is without doubt the main attraction of Bukit Melawati...the Silver Leaf Monkey or Langur (Presbytis cristata) or commonly known by its local name of Lotong Kelabu (not to be mistaken with the local delicacy called Lontong).
They are simply everywhere and the sight of visitors will only bring the entire group out of hiding. Unlike at zoos, there is no restriction about feeding this monkey. Other than peanuts (you just can't separate monkeys from peanuts), they also feed on long beans. You can always purchase these items here as there are several hawkers selling them.

It can really be a real feeding frenzy when the entire group of monkey try to outdo each other for the food. The best thing is that, they are really tame and they can virtually eat out of your hands. How's that for a monkey?
Which brings me to one question. Are the monkeys enjoying themselves looking at us humans behaving like monkeys...or are we enjoying ourselves looking at the monkeys behaving like...well...monkeys...?

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