Tags: Animals, Nature, Uniquely Singapore
Itchyfingers just finished our little walk up the Bukit Timah Nature Reserves and were about to head back to the car park when we smelt a strong aroma in the air. It was the distinctly sweet smell of mango, a tropical fruit. We also noticed a lot of people stopping by the trees next to the Visitors Centre. What were they looking at?
Then we heard them.
So, up on a tree was a monkey. A Long-tailed Macaque to be exact.
Then on another tree, another macaque jumped onto a lower branch. Oh, then there was another! And another! So many macaques! Besides making so much noise jumping from one branch or one tree to another, these guys were also throwing something down, creating a loud “pong” sound!
We could smell mangoes in the air, but this fruit that was thrown down looked different from the usual mangoes we find in the supermarkets.
Then we found another half-eaten one. Tisu Boy picked this up and confirmed it was a mango from its fibrous texture and smell. This must be a different sub-species of mango. It was now that I remembered seeing these fruits dropped from the roadside mango trees at my old place…
So why were the macaques throwing the mangoes down? Were they trying to drive away the nosey human below? But looking at the fruits that were thrown down, I think some of them might not be sweet enough and since there were abundance of these, the macaques can afford to be choosy….in fact, very choosy! But maybe some more mischievous guys were also dumping the good fruits for fun…Hahah…Some folks couldn’t resist the sweet smell and started picking up those uneaten and seemingly good ones to be brought home for consumption…some aunties even went right below the trees where the monkeys were throwing the fruity bombs! Hahah…quite dangerous leh, I think it should be quite painful to be hit from such a height! :p
It was nice to see these native wild macaques feeding freely on the fruits in our nature reserves, instead of waiting to be fed by visitors. Feeding of wild animals, especially the macaques, has long been a problem. These intelligent mammals will quickly associate human with food, and if they were not fed, they will turn aggressive and snatch any bags of food in sight. Those people who stay near nature reserves often complain of macaques raiding their rubbish bins, and some bolder ones even sneaked inside houses to steal food, making themselves a nuisance. As a result, some aggressive ones were culled by the authorities. People should understand that there is absolutely no need to feed these animals, as they can find abundance of food in the forests. Feeding them will just change their natural behaviour and create problems for them and ourselves.
Itchyfingers were also glad to see no feeding activities in the resort of Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia. We were birdwatching around the resort one late afternoon when we saw this group of Long-tailed Macaques. Being so near to the resort with so many visitors, I was happy to see them foraging the surrounding fruit trees for snack. People were happily looking and taking photos of them, and none attempted to lure them closer with human food. A fine example of how human and monkeys are co-exist together peacefully!
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Tags: Animals, Sports, Uniquely Singapore
Last Sunday, about 8,000 wild beasts of different shapes and sizes were unleashed and ran wild at Mandai Lake Road. It was a hot and sunny morning when things went seriously wild. It was that time of the year again where males fought to establish themselves as the Alpha Male; while females protected and held their young closely with them. Some packs were seen migrating together; while some rushed for a spot at the water hole. Luckily, no animal was hurt in the process…
Yes, Itchyfingers are talking about the annual Safari Zoo Run, organised in memory of Ah Meng, our beloved late Orangutan! Hahaha!
Like the previous two years, it is the only run that Itchyfingers joined specially for the cute medals!
Tisu Boy decided to stick with the 12 km run like last year, which involved running around the day zoo and the Night Safari twice. As much as I prefer the challenge of a competitive run, (even though I will never ever come up among the top few runners), I ended up signing up for the 6km Fun Run cos it has the most number of animals! Most importantly, it has the Ring-tailed Lemur, which is one of my favourite animals in the zoo!
The starting time for the 12km competitive run was 7.30am while my Fun Run was 10 am. So this time, I was supposed to be the photographer…hahah…
At 7.30 am, the 12km runners were flagged off! The new 6km competitive run was the first category to start at 7 am, but even as late as a few minutes before the 7.30am flag-off for the 12km runners, there were still small groups of late comers starting their runs. I think some of them were late probably cos of the jam at the entrance…
I estimated that the first runner would turn up for the second loop at about 18 – 20 minutes’ time, so I tried to make my way there…But had to visit the loo to empty the bladder and thus missed out the action….
And also the first female finisher, Ms Mok Ying Rong, in action! She topped the female category in 49 minutes! Great job! If you are still unaware, her brother, Mr Mok Ying Ren, is Singapore top marathoner at various runs, including the recent 2013 SEA Game…Both brother and sister are regular faces at the podium. Talk about having the same gene running in the family! Wahahah, pun intended!
Though I was supposed to be doing the Fun Run later, I was already perspiring from running from spot to spot trying to take photos…hahah…After taking a big loop to get next to the finishing line, I still missed Tisu Boy when he suddenly appeared and dashed across without pausing for me to take a photo! Arrrghhh!!!!
I met up with two friends to do the Fun Run together while Tisu Boy went into the zoo to lounge at the air-conditioned enclosure of Inuka, the Polar Bear.
We stopped and looked at some of the animals along the way…
We were going at such relaxed pace but I was still perspiring hard cos of the heat…Was glad when we finally finished the whole course!
In all, a very hot but nice morning spent doing our first run of the year and catching up with friends!
Tags: Arts, Cambodia, Culture, Thailand, Travel, Uniquely Singapore
When Itchyfingers saw this from far, we thought it looked like some messy chunk of log or stone. As we approached nearer, we were quite amused by what we saw and the material used – textile inspired by soldier uniform…
No wonder we found it so familiar! Itchyfingers saw similar sculptures when we visited Angkor Wat some years back…
Remember this bas-relief taken from one of the walls of Angkor Wat?
This was posted on our earlier post here.…
If you are at the Departure Hall at the Bangkok Airport, you will not miss this one…
Anyway, back to the sculpture at the basement of the National Museum…
The Singapore Biennale 2013 is ongoing at various venues until 16 February 2014. Quick! Catch it before it’s too late!