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Adventures in Costa Rica

Updated on March 30, 2009

Squirrel Monkey

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Poor Monkey

My husband Thomas and I were married July 16, 1995 and with Hawaii already being our home, we agreed Costa Rica would be a great place to explore and spend our honeymoon. We enjoyed eleven days there, stayed at various places, yet my memory is not conjuring up the name of each place we enjoyed lodging.  I do remember well all our adventures so allow me to share about the encounter with the squirrel monkey (we so wish we had a camcorder to capture this experience!).

After breakfast one morning and almost ready to begin our excursion for the day, Thomas went back to our room to retrieve a few necessary items while I intended to make our way to our rental vehicle, a Suzuki Sidekick. I noticed a squirrel monkey wearing a harness and a leash. The leash was affixed to a cable or “runner,” with each end being secured to a steadfast object. Of course being the animal lover that I am, I had to go and see this cute little creature and see if I could befriend it. I’d only seen monkeys at the zoo or wildlife parks before; this was an opportunity for an unsupervised face-to-face encounter and I was hoping to be able to pet this sweet small primate. I’m going to assume it was a female and refer to her as “Squirrely.”

I suppose monkeys must naturally be curious critters since Squirrely didn’t seem the least bit cautious about me. I had my car keys in my hand and she approached me. I squatted down and talked to her, much like I would any other docile animal. What a cute little face she had and such a quizzical expression!

Then I discovered what Squirrely was really interested in and it wasn't in becoming my friend - it was the car keys! I opened my hand and Squirrely quickly snatched the keys and put some distance between us! Good thing she wasn’t loose and there weren’t any tall trees she could access -even from that runner - as I would have kissed those keys goodbye! The car rental people in San Jose (we were probably at least 3 hours away) would have had justifiable cause to charge us way more than what we bargained for!

I knew I had to get the keys back. This was about the time Thomas caught up to me, to discover me bent over at the waist, with my waist-length blonde hair flipped over my head, rolling this creature around on the ground, this way and that. Squirrely was not going to give up the keys easily and she was making a great deal of noise, voicing her displeasure as if to say, “No, No, No, Mine, Mine, Mine! Leave Me Alone!” I was finally able to un-pry the keys from her grasp. Before I could stand up erect and put the prize in my pocket, Squirrely lunged at me and had clamped on to my hair, biting my tresses! I guess I should be glad it wasn’t my nose since other than feeling some weight, I didn’t feel anything else! She held on only for a handful of seconds anyway before scurrying away.

Her handler came to her rescue since right after Squirrely let go of me and was moving off to go sulk, she was in the arms and on the hip of a woman who would console her. This handler didn’t say anything, but her body language very much "harrumphed" at us. Live and learn. I now know exotic birds aren’t the only creatures attracted to shiny objects.


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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi Melody -

    Thanks for checking out my hub and welcome to hubpages! It wasn't scary so much as it was surprising and I did feel bad for the poor little thing.

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    Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

    Sounds scary, but I guess, it added flavor to your adventure.

    Hope you could take a peek at my hubs too, I am a new hubber.

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Journey, it's a great place and I'd love to visit it again! I hope you go too and thanks for reading...glad you enjoyed the story!

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

    :-) This is a funny story about Squirrely. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoyed Costa Rica. I hope to visit there sometime.-Journey*

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Thanks Eddie! Blessings to you as well!

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    Eddie Perkins 8 years ago


    It sounds to me like Squirrely was interested in taking a spin in a Suzuki Sidekick.  Very interesting hub, I will watch out for Squirrely if I ever get to Costa Rica.

    Blessings ~ eddie

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi GmaJ -

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience also! Sounds like it may have been a bit traumatic for a girl of 5 or 6, as well as a surprise since they do indeed appear so cute and docile!

    Hugs and Peace back at ya!


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    Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    Lucky you sweetie....and is nice to see you again also. 

    One time when I was about 5-6 yrs. old we were at a zoo and these sweet little monkies were in cages, my younger sister and my mom stuck their fingers in the cage and were able to pet them..not me!!! when I put my hand in to join in the fun it bit me on the middle finger and was not about to let go...I still have a bit of a knot and scar too...I do not remember how they made it let go, but I remember it hurt!!!   G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace