14 Jul '12, 9am

The Annotated Budak: Big black ape @budak writes about the black macaques of Sulawesi

The Annotated Budak: Big black ape @budak writes about the black macaques of Sulawesi

Kacang, meaning nut in Indonesian, is the name of a crested black macaque born on 4 April 2007. Four months later, he placed his right hand, by accident or with the curiousity of young primates, in a trap set by men hoping to snare jungle fowl in Tangkoko National Park in north Sulawesi. The rangers who found him had to cut off his limb between the wrist and elbow to save him. Now a young adult, Kacang forages with his troop in a coastal forest hemmed by a dark beach, coconut estates and burgeoning villages whose hogs join the monkeys in their daily search for food. He makes light of his loss, though, climbing and twirling through the vines and saplings with little visible handicap, using his stump as a prop and resting in the shade of familiar thickets as midday approaches. On this island of lakes and mountains, where creatures from two worlds meet and march in retreat be...

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