Get the Human off my back, said the Monkey
To me, life is an adventure. An adventure that you can share with your family and friends to grow closer, more caring and trusting with each other, and gain an appreciation for each persons unique skills and abilities. The adventure of life can also allow you to see how others handle life problems, giving you a quick lesson in something you may not have experience yourself.
On one such adventurous day, I found myself in Penang. A beautiful country, very nice people, and an atmosphere that is calming to the soul. I decided to follow the more normal tourist kind of path and found myself at a zoo; which is where this story unfolds.
This was not your normal type of zoo. Many of the smaller animals are allowed to roam free within the zoo grounds. There were little monkeys everywhere. Walking amongst the people and in the trees. These monkeys were thin and about one to two feet tall. Signs are posted everywhere stating, “DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS”, so I thought it wise not to purchase any food that you were allowed to carry with you (like nuts, candy and other small food items).
One of my favorite pass-times is watching people. People always surprise me, because right when you think you have seen it all; someone does something totally amazing to bring me back to the realization that we humans (good or bad) are amazing creatures.
I started watching this one guy throwing peanuts at some of the animals. First, he through a few peanuts at some of the animals in the cages. But he quickly became dissatisfied with this because none of the animals would eat his peanuts. He then started throwing peanuts at the various monkeys walking around the people. Almost all of the monkeys ignored this guy.
Then for some inexplicable reason, the guy focused in on a monkey sitting on a tree branch. The branch where this monkey was perched was about eight feet off the ground. The monkey was just sitting there minding its own business. Then without warning, the guy threw a peanut at the monkey, which bounced off the monkeys chest. Just like any normal caring creature would do, the monkey brushed off its chest and chalked it up to a mistake on the hairless ape (the guy's) part.
But that does not slow this guy down. He throws a few more peanuts at the monkey. It makes you wonder, “What is his world like that you can get a monkey to eat a peanut?” I'm no expert, but I didn't think monkeys ate peanuts.
He throws another peanut at the monkey and at the same time says, “Here! Eat this peanut.” This time the peanut bounces off the branch, but this guy has definitely gotten the monkey's attention. Frustrated, this guy walks closer to the tree while maintaining what he believes to be a safe distant from the tree.
Now, some people will argue that animals do not have emotions. That they are just creatures of instinct; but from my vantage point, it looked clear to me that this monkey has become very annoyed with this guy.
Now, the guy takes aim with another peanut. I'm not sure why this guy is letting the monkey get under his skin, but the guy is very upset. The guy shouts, “Eat this peanut!” to the monkey and throws the peanut at the monkey. There's anywhere from fifteen to twenty people in this section of the zoo. So when he shouted at the monkey, everyone naturally turn to see what was going on.
The peanut that was thrown at the monkey, hits the monkey in the face this time. I personally was also wondering why the monkey just doesn't go away!? But instead, acting more like a pissed-off human, the monkey jumps off the branch onto this guys head.
While standing of the guys' shoulders, the monkey starts pulling the guys hair while bouncing up and down on his shoulders. The guy starts running around the area screaming, “Get it OFF! GET IT OFF!”.
Everyone in the area started laughing. Men, women, young, old, rich, poor ... it didn't seem to matter. It was as if everyone related to the abuse that the monkey was getting from this guy. And they seemed happy that the “Monkey had gotten the Human off its back.”
In the end, the monkey jumped off the guy and climbed back up the same tree. The guy seemed a little embarrassed of the people laughing around him. From what I could see, neither man nor monkey caused any real damage to one another. I was just glad that both of them were fine.