I Spent The Day With 140 Endangered Monkeys
Spending the day with 140 Barbary Macaque Monkeys was the best day of MY LIFE!
I was 2 when my parents first took me to a Zoo to see the Chimpanzees, and apparently I was a frantic, giggling little mess as the Chimpanzee’s banged on the metal door between us raring to escape – and that’s when my obsession started, I had HUNDREDS of Monkey teddies, books about Monkeys, Encyclopedias JUST ABOUT MONKEYS, and a little Monkey onesie that I would NEVER TAKE OFF – not even for bath time.
Flash forward 19 years and I came into contact with the Monkeys once again, only this time they were free-roaming, walking right next to me, swinging from branches just above my head, and eating Oranges at my feet.
I suppose you’d like to hear the story of how all of this came about, so I’m gonna tell you.
Last week, I wrote this post about “75 Things To Do Before You Die” and the first thing on my list was to cuddle a baby monkey – but never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that a mere 2 days later, I’d be doing just that.
It was mine and Michael’s first anniversary, he’d told me to set an alarm the night before for 9am because we had to be on the road by 10 for my “big surprise” because it was 40 miles away, and I’m absolutely terrible with Geography so I had no idea where 40 miles would take us.
About half an hour in to the journey, we stopped at a service station and I went in alone and spotted one of those local attraction boards advertising a local Monkey Forest, I think I must have yelped in amazement, pulled it off the attraction board and ran back to the car shoving it in Michael’s face like loOK LOOK, THEY HAVE A MONKEY FOREST WHERE U CAN WALK AMONGST REAL MONKEYS OMG OMG OMG, he just smiled and said oh cool – well, I was far too amazed to continue trying to guess what my surprise could be, but during the last 10 minutes of the journey, he made me close my eyes and then he led me out of the car and told me not to open my eyes until he said so.
When I eventually opened my eyes, I saw a sign that said “The Monkey Forest” and I actually cried.
When we got inside and I saw the Monkeys walking around, I cried even more.
I know it sounds absolutely ridiculous, but the fact that he had gone to the effort to do something so thoughtful just meant the absolute world to me, and the Monkeys were absolutely adorable.
Here are a few photo’s of the monkeys and my wonderful day out! Some were taken on my iPhone so the quality isn’t as great.
And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without buying a Monkey Teddy from the Gift Shop, but my photo won’t upload, so head over to twitter to see it, it’s worth it, I swear! Here it is.
All in all, I had a wonderful day with a wonderful man, and 140 wonderfully beautiful Monkeys. It’s in Stoke-on-Trent, and THIS is their website – I promise you’ll have the time of your life, seeing Monkeys like you’ve never seen them before, it costs £8 per person and you can stay for 6 hours, they have a great Cafe and an even better Gift Shop, and even a mini cinema where you can watch a Documentary on the Monkeys.
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Love, Kirsty XO
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