The white monkey is being forced into retirement. A permanent enclosure will be built within the Uluwatu temple, complete with a pool and a garden.
The villagers of a traditional market that caters to surfers in Bali are dealing with a violent and very different sort of localism.
A large wild Macaque, having staked a claim in one of the empty stalls during the pandemic, is refusing to leave and is threatening anyone that comes near his “spot”.
“That thing has taken control of the fruit basket line-up, says” Surfer/Juice bar owner Sam Gavin. “He reminds me of those fuckin’ angry locals in South Oz that I know. Teeth baring and chest beating and all”.
And speaking of sacred apes, the sacred white monkey of Uluwatu can’t catch a break.
Terribly wounded after the final territorial confrontation due to the defense of prime locations of the returning tourists, the white monkey, who is believed to be a mystical manifestation of Hanuman the Monkey God, was taken under care and nursed back to health.
Since then he has also become a mascot to visiting surfers, who bring him bananas in hope of swell.
Anyway, an easy target.
And, when released, the white monkey was again jumped by marauding members of a rival troupe just outside the Uluwatu Temple.
Captured and treated, the sacred white monkey is being forced into retirement. A permanent enclosure is being designed for him within the Uluwatu temple, complete with a pool and a garden.
“Given that the white monkey’s new role is as a mascot for Pura Uluwatu,” says one temple official, “and has become a valuable tourist attraction, such a special enclosure is justified. The surfers love him.”
The latest is the job offer is for someone to become the white monkey’s security guard.