Ever seen a monkey asking for something to eat ? At least the answer from me is in the affirmative. I have written in my earler post that monkeys at my new place of residence are a gentler lot and this one is a living example.
The least good looking even by simian standards, it engaged the attention of my wife and me on a very cold day this winter when we were sitting around a fire outside our home. It came from nowhere, sat at a distance and made a typical-----oooooon-sound . My wife ,a Hanuman bhakt , knowing instinctively, that it was hungry and was asking for something to eat went inside and brought two chapatis and gave to it, which it gently took in both paws in a human fashion and went away.
One day there was a surprise in store for us. My wife brought and gave it a few bread slices , which it smelt and left . Jokingly I told my wife that the monkey had not eaten the bread as the slices had a thin coating of egg yolk on the outer pieces, and that it was a true vegetarian monkey .My wife then gave it a roti which it ate. Since then its visits have become a routine and, every other day it comes, makes that peculiar sound and takes whatever is given and eats there and then when no other of its ilk is around.
There are times when there is nothing to offer, and the door is closed, it knocks at the door repeatedly and goes away when there is no response.
Who can say animals have no intelligence and they do not respond like human beings !