Who ever heard of a pushy monkey? After our visit to Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica, we have.
We woke up early one morning to the usual sound of howler monkeys - a roar-like call that provides an interesting backdrop to the rainforest chatter. Stretching our legs, we climbed out of bed and walked outside to view all that the rainforest has to offer. The mornings are an incredible time to watch the Costa Rican wildlife. Birds and monkeys alike seem to be the most alive at this time, bounding through treetops and chirping around in the sky. As we were just stepping outside, we heard an odd sound - this time, not from a howler monkey. It turns out, it was the call of a spider monkey, another common sight in Costa Rica.
We gathered around the outside of our bungalow to watch. For almost ten minutes, the spider monkey had us captivated, swinging around in the trees above our bungalow, and even, though rarely, climbing onto the bungalow's roof itself. But then suddenly, the spider monkey disappeared from our view. We craned our necks to try and catch a last view of it, but the monkey had completely vanished.
At this time, we started to hear another strange noise - a soft thump, and then a much louder one following it, like the sound of a stack of books falling from a tall building onto the pavement below. My parents hurried to the front of the bungalow and onto the bridge-like walkway that connects all of the 16 other bungalows. A second later, we heard them calling to my brother and I, and we raced outside.
Immediately, I noticed an interesting, large, bright green lizard that I hadn't seen before. I began to recognize it as a green iguana, a lizard not uncommon in Costa Rica. The weird thing about this iguana, though, was that it was lying in an awkward position on the walkway. As soon as my brother and I walked over, the iguana got up, shook itself, and scampered off into the foliage.
I asked my parents what had happened. They explained that the spider monkey we had seen earlier had been giving a sort of warning call to the iguana, who was perched in a high-up tree branch. The spider monkey had apparently wanted the iguana to move from the tree branch, and when it didn't, it had leapt over to the branch and sent the iguana reeling to the ground. Stunned, the green iguana had lain motionless for a moment, before getting up and continuing on its way.
Something about the story made us all laugh hysterically. Even today, years later, we still remember the story of the peaceful iguana, and how the impatient spider monkey had sent it to its "doom."
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All trips have their share of funny stories. We decided it would be fun to recall these laugh-out-loud moments right here, on this page.