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Sykes' Monkey

Cercopithecus albogularis


These Sykes' monkeys readily approach visitors at the ruins of Gedi, in Eastern Kenya. The local guides named them Osama (seen with a banana), and Saddam, who was the larger of the pair. The local boys who took us there stopped for bananas on the way there, anticipating a run-in with these little beggars, and the guides had no problem allowing me to hand Osama a piece of fruit when he approached me. It wasn't until afterward that he turned to me and said, "It is written... do not feed the monkeys. They may carry disease."

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Spotted on Dec 6, 2005
Submitted on May 12, 2011

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