Cheeky mon­key!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

Lo­cals claim no fewer than one mil­lion bats live in this cave in Ph­nom Sam­peau, Cam­bo­dia. The flow of bats lasts for 15 min­utes so they may well be right! In Ph­nom Sam­peau, I was able to cap­ture the mag­nif­i­cent dis­play of bats, but it’s also famed for vis­tas and tem­ples. I wanted to see them, so I made a sep­a­rate jour­ney to have a nosey around. I’m not as fit as I used to be, so the climb to the top had left me a lit­tle out of breath. I grabbed an ice cream from a pop-up shop at the sum­mit, sat down and took in the bril­liant panoramic views. But I soon re­alised that I wasn’t alone. A group of thug­gish macaque mon­keys were close-by and were cau­tiously edg­ing closer and closer to­wards the food stall – their eyes firmly placed on the ba­nanas hang­ing up on hooks.

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