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A Really WILD Pool Party

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

In the heat of the afternoon sun, what else can you do?

You're by the sea with your friends, the adults are all at work.

There are trees to climb, sand to wrestle in or sunbathe on.

Best of all? A private pool!

Perfect for fishing, swimming, play-fights and cooling off.

Who do you imagine is enjoying these leisurely summer activities?

I'll let these photos answer that...

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

The group of kids you imagined probably weren't this kind of primate!

These are crab-eating macaques, photographed at Mu Ko Lanta Natutional Park, Koh Lanta, Thailand. While they are usually seen in the nearby jungles (or pinching a can of soda from the cafe) they can also be found near rock pools and on beaches where they scavenge for washed-up fish and open up molluscs and other crustaceans. I'm not expert, but I'm sure their afternoon in the sun was also their way of practising their hunter/gathering techniques.

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter and see intriguing Animal behaviour! Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson
Stone or creature? Either way this pair had a lot of fun splashing, diving and competing for it!

While I'm normally very wary of monkeys (especially these clever macaques who know exactly how to break into a moped if they smell something good inside) it was crystal clear that this group couldn't care less about a big, hairless ape with a clicky black thing in its hands (AKA Me!).

Honestly, I think this was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

 

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Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

I snapped away happily, so happily I nearly cried! I laughed so much at their joyous antics that sometimes I just had to stop taking photos.

Sat with me were two ladies, one from China (who’d lost her partner somewhere on the beach) the other a solo traveller from Israel. So often when we see these magical moments in nature they are for our eyes only, but this time I had some company - and it was great! We sat for a long time with those monkeys, quietly enjoying the antics of the boisterous nursery group.

And now I get to share the experience with you!

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

There was so much to take in as the group charged around, switching between swinging in the trees, rolling in the sand, and literally cannonballing into the water!

I backed away for a while when this adult started to approach, her tiny baby clinging to her. Thankfully she was just moving to feed somewhere else and possibly keep her baby out the heat. But you can never be too careful or too respectful!

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

Watching these monkeys filled my heart with joy because I could see it was doing the same for them. It was pure, innocent fun. It even felt a bit nostalgic.

I will remember this day forever and I’m sure they will too.

Monkey Pool party! Ever seen a Monkey swim? It turns out to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Check out the blog on this amazing wildlife encounter. Photos and words by Laura J P Richardson

2 thoughts on “A Really WILD Pool Party

  1. Well done, Laura, it was a good party to have been able to watch and photograph. Do you go to this spot regularly, or was it a one-off? How large is the reserve, say compared with Pulborough? And how diverse are the habitats within it? (Just tryng to build up a case to persuade grandma to let us visit).
    Thankyou, love
    Grandpa

    1. Thanks Grandpa! This spot is near the most Southern point of the island and so I don’t go too often. I’ve been there about 5 times since I’ve been on the island. It’s within a national park that covers a large part of the island but most of it is dense rainforest on steep hills, so not easily accessible! The area I saw these monkeys however was near the main visitor area which is not large at all – think Victoria park sort of size! It’s got a bit of jungle and a bit of coast with some very basic toilet and cafe facilities – it’s nice to enjoy for a few hours.
      Lots of love!
      Laura

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