Primate One-Upmanship: The Sunglasses Heist.

Well blow me down!  Half a world away from the wiley baboons of the Cape Peninsula, (South Africa) here in South East Asia,  Cambodia – the Angkor Wat troop of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) have similar tactics, grabbing an item and waiting for the gullible human to offer decoy food in exchange.

 

Co-conspirators waiting for the right break…..
Here they are: the gullible people, who dished out the biscuits and note the sunglasses worn by Mr.                                           “Oh, I am so cute, you will feed me….”, says Little Miss Long-Tail.
“There now, here’s the biscuit …. give me the glasses?”
“The handover; got the glasses, here have some more food…..”

There you have it.  Feed wild animals, habituate them to receiving food, they become pests and then they “steal” items in exchange for food.  Clever creatures.

7 thoughts on “Primate One-Upmanship: The Sunglasses Heist.

  1. Little do these tourists realise that by feeding the macaque, they have created a problem which will have a long-lasting effect … 😦

  2. Priceless photos (especially the first one) of an ultimately sad dynamic. (If I were visiting from another planet and saw this lot, would likely decide that the ones with tails are the brighter of the two primate species …)

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