My fellow American friend here in Bogo, Cebu Philippines has a Filipino monkey named Juliet. Now, I did do a blog post featuring her back during my first visit here in August 2009, but she's too cute to not feature again. She really hated me a year ago, but it seems like we're on better terms now. Perhaps that's because I've wisely decided to always try to bring snacks to her upon my visits.
Juliet is a very interesting character. She's got quite the mean streak in her, being bourne more of insane jealousy than general animosity. She doesn't do well when a guy such as Rusty or I is feeding her snacks and a lady approaches. This usually makes her really pissed off. She's not a fan of my friend Elly at all.
Juliet is very gentle when she reaches with her tiny little hand to grab snacks from either my fingertips or from the flat palm of my hand. In these photos, I was feeding her chips, which she really likes, although I recently gave her a bunch of local Tobi peanuts (already shelled before packaging) and she loved those .
When you approach with snacks, she gets excited and begins making cute ittle chirping noises. She's very smart and remembers pretty much everything. She appears to display both good short- and long-term memory. My friend Elly made Juliet mad once and then upon Elly's next visit Juliet immediately grunted at her before she even got withing 50 feet of the cage.
Juliet does ok. She seems to live a pretty good life. Many might say that buying a monkey as a pet simply perpetuates the problem of people going into the jungles and stealing baby monkeys away from their mothers. But it seems like Juliet is living a pretty happy and contented life here, and I know she surely has a much better owner than she could have ended up with. I'm looking forward to the debating that may ensue in the comments after this post. Feel free to ask any questions you want to about Juliet, and I'll try to answer them all to the best of my knowledge. I'll be happy to record some video of her as well, if somebody asks me to do so.