My first trip to Africa was in 2007. I did a three-week overland truck safari. We started in Zambia at the Victoria Falls.
I was delighted by the monkeys playing near my tent so rushed out with my camera which had been bought especially for this trip. I was keen to get some practice in with these “nice” wee fellows.
They seemed very obliging and happy to be the focus of my lens. Little did I know, these naughty little monkeys were just lulling me into a false sense of security. This innocent looking wee fellow below was as quick as lightning. I was changing the lens on my camera when he darted in and grabbed the one I had just put down!
” You little monkey” along with a few other expletives, I thought. I tried to approach him, but the monkeys closed ranks and barred their teeth, so naughty!
I didn’t fancy a monkey bite or rabies before I had even started on my trip so I backed off. The naughty little monkey scampered up a tree with my lens in hand and seemed to be laughing at me.
I went to the hotel reception. They didn’t seem surprised at my dilemma and came down to the monkey gang’s hangout. The hotel man had a few stern words with the naughty monkey who promptly dropped the lens from the tree. Luckily the landing was soft and the lens was fine!
That was until I took it to the Victoria Falls and got it quite water logged. But that is another story!
In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge, Naughty or Nice
Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu
The little thieves are cute for a reason
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This is too funny
I thought my photography safari was over before it had started!
Got to keep an eye on those cuties, Leanne! Makes a great story, though.