“Old Grey”

In a troop of 40 macaques, this elder female still reigns supreme.
Though she gently takes the pear tree leaves from my hand (Note to all : NEVER HAND FEED A WILD ANIMAL, NO MATTER HOW CUTE AND FLUFFY/TAME IT LOOKS ), the battle scars on her delicate withered face tell a story of struggle to stay on the top of the group hierarchy.
Complying to standard conduct, the others of the troop are observing her in this moment from a distance, not daring to come closer, knowing the consequences of intruding upon the alpha female’s first reap of goods.


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