There has been many wild-life sightings in Singapore lately. Monitor lizards are common and a grass snake slithered into our kitchen some time ago. Also crocodiles have been seen at reservoirs and lately boars (image 3) roam freely on certain roads. * "Here we come, walking down the street, We get the funniest looks from everyone we meet."
|1. Monkey at our neighbour's balcony. Is it the long-tailed macaque?|
We live in an area where we have wild things visiting our apartments and knocking on our doors. My posting about a hornbill a few months ago was a pleasant one because it came when our glass doors leading out to the balcony were shut, so we managed to enjoy the company of the huge bird within touching distance because we were separated by the glass partition (image 2). But my next door neighbours were not so lucky. "You know that we want to, Do what we like to do, The only time we get restless, Is around something new."
|2. A hornbill at my balcony.|
A few weeks ago these neighbours, who lived across the corridor, had the naughtiest wild thing visit the kitchen. The apartment was on the same floor but it was facing the dense shrubs, bushes and trees within the little urban jungle. One afternoon without warning or waiting an adult monkey, with a very long tail, came into their kitchen after accessing the drain-pipes outside the apartment.
According to our neighbour it grabbed the bunch of bananas on the cabinet, messed the floor with banana-skins and settled on the balcony with a packet of its favourite peanuts in hand (image 1). Peanut skin and slices of bread were later found scattered all over the car-park, thrown down from another apartment from the 13th floor by the same monkey. "Hey, hey, we're the monkees, And people say we monkey around, But we're too busy singing, To put anybody down."
|3. Boars At Peirce Singapore.|
Mr n Mrs Human
Meanwhile residents that included elder folks, maids with children and babies got about their daily business. After some days the monkeys were still around. "Anytime or anywhere, just look over your shoulder, Because we'll be standing there. Hey, hey, we're the monkees, And people say we monkey around, But we're too busy singing, To put anybody down."
We have been told not to mind them i.e. they will leave us alone if we do likewise. I am not too sure about that. My two young nieces aged 6 and 8 had their food packets snatched from them when they were walking at MacRitchie Reservoir with their grandmother. The children were traumatised by the ordeal as the monkeys scooted away. Local newspapers have reported similar incidents.
It's been some time now since the monkey(s) were caught but there's been no news about our nimble friends. Hopefully the organisation in charge will round them up quickly. We are keeping our windows and doors tightly shut, always alert for the appearance of other wild things.
#"Wild thing... you make my heart sing... You make everything, Groovy, I said wild thing..., Wild thing, I think I love you, But I wanna know for sure, Come on, hold me tight, I love you, Wild thing...you make my heart sing..., You make everything, Groovy, I said wild thing..., Wild thing, I think you move me, But I wanna know for sure, So come on, hold me tight,You move me.
I am not sure about holding them tight. No ^empowering, psychologically astute parable about a child and his anger here but the reality of having monkeys and other wild things around can be very stressful.
Can wild things be found in your area? Tell us.
(Singapore has roughly: 60 species of mammals, 365 species of birds, 107 types of reptiles, 28 species of amphibians and 1193 types of plants Wildlife in Singapore: Wikipedia).
*All line quotes from: Hey, Hey We're The Monkees, lyrics from TV Series, The Monkees (1966) Album by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
#Wild Thing, (1965) by Chip Taylor is made famous by The Troggs in 1966.
^Where The Wild Things Are: The Psychology Behind Maurice Sendak's Classic by Mikaela Conley (ABC News).
Image One: from neighbour.
Image Two: from Andy Lim Collection.
Other images: Google.
Crocodile and monitor lizard pictures were taken in Singapore.