Treasures in A Swamp


Just me hunting for shots with my camera while the whole family walked ahead of me. I paused for every movement made by the macaques. Generally saw different types of primate species at Hutan Paya Bakau, Lumut, Perak (Malaysia). This is a swampy area with a wooden pathway and has a rich taste of nature. Pig-tailed macaque and long-tailed, also known as crab-eating macaques, inhabit this swamp.

Personally, I rather people enjoy the bond with nature here rather than feeding these animals, which leads to casualties in certain cases. None reported though. My soul was captivated by the beautiful swamp scenery. The greens and the roots of the tree were everywhere showing dominance.

Our presence was welcomed by a Varanus salvator, a water monitor lizard who was moving ahead of us. Wanting to show his beautiful coloration imprinted on his back, he later started sun-bathing on one of the tree roots. A number of mud-skippers also appeared every now and then to greet us. We just had to be a little more attentive to their sounds.

After a 20 minute walk, we returned back to our starting point. At this juncture, I began to observe the macaques closely hoping to capture some good photographs of them. I couldn’t help but to notice a mother pig-tailed macaque who corrected her infant.

As always, humans do not always litter where the bin is provided but anywhere and everywhere they please. The little infant picked up a bottle cap and had it in her mouth. The mother immediately pulled the infant closer, gave a smack on her back, threw the cap away and carried the infant higher up into the branches. The infant started to wail because she didn’t get her way and the mother started to feed the little one instead to keep her quiet.


Such a sight and observed behaviour by these animals. I laughed to myself as I took the last picture of them together before I bid farewell to them all. Being able to observe maternal instincts of a mother who didn’t want her baby to be choked by a bottle cap. Always grateful to be able to witness such behaviours. This is my first post and I hope I get to inspire people around with my writings.

Good day and cheers to a better future with nature!

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