Nov 5, 2010

Muted by monkeys

I never expected to come across animals so ugly that they leave me at a loss for words, but these monkeys have done it.

This photo was taken at Emei Mountain Park, Sichuan Province, China, home to a Chinese species of macaque. I wondered if perhaps this information from Wikipedia explained why this mother and child are so terrifically unattractive:

Visitors to Mount Emei will likely see dozens of monkeys who can often be viewed taking food from tourists. Local merchants sell nuts for tourists to feed the monkeys. Some monkeys may be seen eating human food such as potato chips and even drinking soda from discarded bottles. While most of the monkeys look healthy, other monkeys appear out of shape from apparently being fed human food that is not native to the monkey's natural habitat.

But the entry also helpfully supplies a photo of another baby:

That little guy looks perfectly healthy.... and perfectly hideous. So apparently they do come by it naturally.

Almost speechlessly,
-Wombat (No Relation)

Thanks (I think) to the Telegraph's Pictures of the Day.


N8trGirl said...

Sorry, but I do not find them UGLY at all. I find the picture precious with the loud message of mother-love!

Anonymous said...

I don't see the ugly either. Eye of the beholder, I guess.

forestwalk/laura k said...

oooooh...the little wrinkly face...beady eyes...high forehead...clinging to mom (ouch!) and the look on mom's facethe look of a protective mother.
i have to agree with the other comments...they're CUTE! :]

wombat said...

Well, motherly love may be a beautiful thing, but when your mom says that you're cute, just remember, she may be a little bit biased...

My Name is Not Nicole said...

they are adorable!

Adorably Dead said...

The baby is so cute! Don't know about red eyed mama though.