Perched on a column near Bali’s sacred 11th-century Uluwatu Temple, a wild Balinese Macaque gazes out over the Indian Ocean. This critter’s serene stance could be misleading, however, given the mischievous nature of many of the monkeys on Uluwatu’s scenic grounds.
During our visit last autumn, a monkey commandeered our water bottle (which we’d accidentally dropped) and a protective mother monkey nipped a tourist on the arm when the young woman got too familiar with her baby monkey. Visitors to Uluwatu Temple are strongly encouraged to latch onto their shades, hats and purses, or risk losing them to the playful primates!
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