Monkeys in Singapore are forced to live in close contact with humans, and this often results in monkeys getting hit by cars. Of course, accidents happen and sometimes no one's to blame, but the problem is exacerbated by people who drive carelessly around parks and nature reserves.
Unfortunately, one of the Hindhede monkeys became another sad statistic last night after getting run over by a car. Dora was Camille's youngest daughter, and was very fun and vivacious. I named her Dora because she was always exploring ("Dora the Explorer") and wandering, sometimes causing Camille to yank her back by her tail. Her adventuresome nature may be part of the reason that she got hit by a car, but I suspect that the individual who hit her was probably driving too fast. Camille has long been one of my favorite monkeys, so naturally her daughter had a special place in my heart. Today, Camille looked everywhere, as though she might be able to find Dora if she looked hard enough. She kept making a very sad honking sound, known as a "distress coo." It was difficult to watch her go through such a hard time. Below is Dora off on her own, and below that is Camille with Dora shortly after Dora was born.I'm on Hindhede Road frequently and people drive like maniacs around there. They speed up and down the road, into and out of the reserve, disregarding the fact that there are monkeys as well as human children playing on the street frequently. It's incredibly frustrating to watch people drive like this, and I always feel an overwhelming urge to throw rocks at people driving too fast on that road, but I control myself. It would be very unSingaporean to flip my lid and start chucking debris at passersby. I do wish that there were more speed bumps on the road. Even the ones that are there are very small and do little to slow people down.
So it was a sad day at Bukit Timah. And I know that I just posted a total downer about the dog attacks, so I'll try to post some more upbeat monkey stuff soon.