We walked a little further into the forest. It was cool and beautiful. No insects bothered us.
We stopped again, and soon a large male approached. Unlike the previous female and baby, who took peanuts then ran away quickly, the male was confident enough to approach Stanley and take peanuts out of his hand.
Stanley was having so much fun that he wasn’t paying attention, and the male mona took a whole bag of nuts from his hand.
I thought the mona would tear into the bag immediately and start gorging himself, but this was probably not his first meal of the day.
A group of youngsters nearby were eager for the nuts the alpha male was dropping on the trail, but they were either fearful of the older, large male or too wary of us to come very close.
I was concentrating on getting as many photos as possible, so I didn’t feed them, although I wanted to.
For me, taking mona monkey pictures was like eating potato chips. I couldn’t stop!
The monkeys were very focused on the peanuts, so I very rarely got a picture of them looking directly at the camera.
Eventually the male tore open the bag of peanuts. At that point, some of the younger ones got brave enough to approach and get some for themselves.