Steven Struyck’s first encounter with the Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) gave him an opportunity to capture a video clip of the mother feeding the new-born in his ‘front garden’ in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia. He had a second encounter a week later. The mother was feeding her baby then. The moment Steven tried to photograph the pair, the mother instinctively shielded the baby LINK preventing him from getting a direct shot.
In June 2017 Steven had a surprise visit when the adult Dusky Leaf Monkey with a baby in its arms appeared again. This time they literally posed for photographs. Being a few months older than the last time, the adult was probably not too protective of the baby.
According to Steven, “these creatures are Dusky Leaf Monkeys and are globally a protected specimens. The babies are born having this ‘golden’ colour which will change gradually into the same grey/black when they are 6-8 months old.”
17th June 2017
This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.