When two world’s collide…when does a wonderful and intimate encounter with a wild animal turn into a sour realisation of our twisted relationship with the natural world?
Today after our school show we had the most surreal experience up at Kam Shan Country Park - locally known as Monkey Mountain. 1,800 long-tailed and rhesus macaques are distributed among 30 troops and form the largest mammal group in the park. We were struck when immediately met with the unsettling blur of mankind and wildlife.
Over many years, the macaques have grown to depend on the car park for scraps of food. Many locals drive up here with stacks of food, all wrapped in plastic - baiting the troops out of their natural forested home and into a scrap heap of waste - believing they are being kind and caring.
This is a concerning attitude and demonstrates a lack of understanding as to how this behaviour can ruin wildlife, disrupt ecosystems and taint our relationship with nature.
All too often we are seeing this time and time again around the world. Swipe across to hear my commentary while I was there and look out for a longer film on it over the next few days...endless amounts to mull over here...
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Kam Shan Country Park