Trying to Keep My Mind on Bako
Trip Start Jan 31, 1996
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How many whacks with the tiny stone would it take? Why wouldn't they just use a bigger rock; get it done with maybe just one strike. If I can't find out what this was all about, the nightmares may never go away
We just got back from an overnight stay at Bako National Park on Sarawak's north coast. We saw silver-leaf monkeys, macaques, a pair of pit viper's, bearded pigs and proboscis monkeys.
Macaques are thieving little buggers who think nothing of walking right into your cabin when you're not home and haven't locked the door. They'll reach up, open the door and once inside eat and drink whatever they can find. Our neighbours had this happen this morning. The macaque opened their fridge door, took out a can of Tiger beer and bit into it. It apparently didn't like the taste and fired it against the wall.
The proboscis monkey is the most interesting of the bunch. Most of them have an upper body light-brown coat. Just above their elbows, their colouring becomes gray, all the way down to their hands. It makes them look as though they're wearing a short-sleeved shirt. Their hind end and tail is almost pure white. But it's what they have hanging between their eyes that makes them unique. Proboscis monkeys have six, sometimes seven inches of nose. This is supposed to be cognitive therapy for the spike trauma that I was exposed too, but I don't think it's working
We did return to see the orangutans. Two adults and a young one were there to greet us. Unfortunately though, once again, the orangutans lost out to something that was just a little bit better, Bako National Park.