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Subcategory:Apes and Primates
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Keywords:Bali, Balinese Macaque, Indonesia, Macaque, Monkey, Primate
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Original file size12.5 MB
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Balinese Macaque

Giant Terror

Roadside Balinese Macaques outside of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

This particular shot is one of my favorites. When we first arrived the macaques were just relaxing. Paul (my husband) turned to take a test shot and the macaque looked up at him with a look of both shock and complete terror. Paul's not small at 6 feet 4 inches, so this giant was quite a surprise to the juvenile macaque. You can see in the next shot that all is well.

Balinese macaques are all over the island of Bali. Some are friendly; most are not. I'd strongly recommend against interacting with any of them. And, I'd also highly recommend leaving anything of value, or anything that dangles, back at the hotel.

Having said that, this group was relatively timid. We were well outside of the main tourist areas and really just at a roadside stop where locals (and occasional tourists) feed a troop of macaques that have come to hang out there. Which came first is another question...

For more information: Macaque, Bali