|A cartload of fresh fruit and veggies for the residents|
As a child, I used to DREAM of having a pet monkey. I loved them, the way they would cling and be just like baby humans... I WANTED ONE!
Certainly as an adult, I know that it would have been perfectly awful, but evidently some of that childhood longing still lingers, and I wanted to see the monkeys. My daughter and husband humored me , although with dire warnings muttered about thrown poop... We hopped off the bus at the sanctuary just in time to see the monkey food being wheeled inside.
|Now THAT's what a monkey should look like!|
I stood very close watching the guy on the right picking through his partner's fur. The look on the face of the pick-ee was priceless. It was a long-suffering look as if this had been going on for hours... Every few seconds, she would push the picker's hands away with a stern look... but he just kept going back at it. I could almost hear her sigh in resignation. I will say in his defense... that her fur and skin were VERY clean!
I think of all the animals here, the Lemurs were my favorite!
I was surprised and disappointed that they didn't handle the animals, just opened the cage and let them out without touching them. I guess that's a good thing.
There were a LOT of animals here... We cruised along the pathway pausing to watch their comical behaviour.
|Little man getting a drink of water|
|The strangest creature of all...|
|This cutie has more toys than WE do!|
|This Chimp looked a little sad...|
|Dunedin is a cute little town with lots of shopping stops.|
We had a scrumptious dinner at Casa Tina. This was the first Mexican food we've eaten since leaving home and it was absolutely delicious.
Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream Shop. I'm usually torn between going with something that I know... or trying something new and different. If I go with the usual, I could be missing something extraordinary... but then if I choose to be adventurous, I may not like my choice. I chose to go with something I know and picked Cookie dough in a waffle bowl. Imagine my joy when I tasted it to find that the familiar could still be extraordinary. If you EVER find yourself in the small town of Dunedin... you MUST have the ice-cream!
The woman at the Primate Sanctuary told us that it was one of "Weird Florida's" Must-Do stops. I would agree that visiting our distant cousins was definitely not on everyone's bucket list, but we had a great day... and I still want a monkey!