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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rhesus Monkeys at Virupaksha Temple-Hampi

Rhesus monkeys are familiar brown primates with red faces and rears. They have close-cropped hair on their heads, which accentuates their very expressive faces.These intelligent animals can adapt to many habitats, and some can even become accustomed to living in human communities. This is most common in India, where Hindus regard the animals as sacred and usually leave them undisturbed. They live in active, noisy troops that can include up to 200 animals. Because these troops include multiple mature males and females, their members are sexually promiscuous. Rhesus monkeys have an important history with humans and have aided a great deal of medical and scientific research. Rhesus antigens found in their blood enabled doctors to identify the different human blood groups. These primates also preceded humans into space.
I found this joint family in their own little world totally oblivious the noise and racket being created by human visitors to the temple.

12 comments:

  1. ha.ha..Seems the entire Monkey family came to visit the temple..:-)

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  2. i think i would be nervous seeing them just hanging out and about. :) so intelligent.

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  3. Wonderful captures of Rhesus Macaques.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2012/09/belum-caves-deep-down-under.html

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  4. oh...such close ups!!!
    not my favourite..they resemble so much with homo sapiens :-)

    but forography is excellent asusual..
    regards
    anu

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  5. Nice Click......and Nice Blog

    My Boss used to say,

    "If you are giving Penuts, Only Monkeys will come" :-)

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  6. Here in Japan,we see monkeys in some temples, though it is not common so much for us.
    Your monkeys look more quiet than ours.

    Green Tomato

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  7. Typical family of monkeys! They take care of their young ones so well.

    Nice pictures!

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  8. I wonder what roasted monkey meat tastes like.

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  9. @Gigihawaii: Monkeys are revered in India by Hindus. Hence they are not slaughtered.

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