Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Year of the Monkey – Photograph by Laura Lecce

This year is Chinese zodiac year of the Monkey, and it certainly is for me. I have just spent a week with various monkeys in the jungles of Costa Rica. Of all of them, this is definitely my favorite. The Squirrel Monkey. Adorable little creatures flitting through the trees like a family of small, grey and orange birds. You can hear them calling to each other as they bounce around, the sound of content and happy chirpings. Being somewhat cheeky like most monkey can be, they swept through this tree eating the fruits, only taking a few bites of each one before throwing them to the ground. Sometimes I think they were even purposefully aiming at my head. However, I will gladly take a few fruits to the head to spend time with these cute and cheeky little monkeys.

Squirrel Monkeys - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Squirrel Monkeys – Photograph by Laura Lecce
Tired Monkey - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Tired Monkey – Photograph by Laura Lecce