Peru, June 2005, the Amazon

Isla des Monos

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As soon as we arrived on Monkey Island, the spider monkey climbed onto my hat. The several varieties of monkeys come out of the jungle because they are fed, but they are not in any kind of captivity. Most of the others are not so bold as that first one. They're captivating and gentle and curious about their visitors.
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but this wasn't
my only
encounter
with
beasties...
         

Lilypad, Anaconda, & Sloth!

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The giant waterlilies were the occasion of our visit to this pond, but of course for me, meeting the 3-toed sloth was the big adventure. I mean, I can take anacondas or leave them, but SLOTHS... now we're talking. And this one was terrifically sweet and gentle.
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©Clare Durst 2005