STOMPer MacRitchie caught sight of these monkeys flipping open the lids of recycling bins at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Are these monkeys being clever or being a nuisance?
A group of monkeys are seen scavenging through the rubbish dump and recycling bins at MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
The monkeys flip open the lids of the recycling bins and leave them wide open, allowing insects and other animals to get into the bins.
Where it comes to dealing with intelligent creatures like long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), it's always a battle of wits.
Long-tailed macaque licking spilled drink on rubbish bin, Sentosa;
(Photo by chooyutshing)
I previously blogged about macaques raiding rubbish bins here and here. Clearly, even the supposed monkey-proof bins are no match for those smart and/or strong enough to lift the lid. Perhaps they had learned from observation of visitors using these bins?
Long-tailed macaque scavenging from rubbish bin;
(Photo by Marcus)
I suppose it's time to look into a new design for monkey-proof bins.