2014 – animal memories

From bats, cats, snakes, iguanas and monkeys – and back to cats again…

First up is Jojo.  We’ve had him since he was a kitten and he’s now about 2.5 years old.

Everyone loves him – I’m sure you can see why!  Scroll down to the last picture to see Jojo and our other cat, Jj, curled up together.

Jojo

Jojo and me overlooking our garden

Meanwhile, here are some more unusual animals I met last year… this must be the granddaddy of all iguanas:

Iguana

Iguana

Most of these pictures were taken at a very interactive animal home up in Bedugul – I can’t call it a zoo, as it’s far too small, but it does have some cool, tame, animals – and a giant fruit bat:

'Holy bat cave, Robin'

‘Holy bat cave, Robin’

I’ve no idea what animal this is – anyone know?  (please, no comments about me using him as a toothpick!)

Here he is again:

And then there was this hungry gentleman on my shoulders:

A hungry Luwak - but no coffee today!

A hungry luwak – but no coffee today!

He’s a luwak and they’re famous for ‘Coffee Luwak’.

Yes, these are the animals that eat the choicest of coffee beans which go through their digestive system completely ‘intact’.  When they come out the other end, the, err… ‘waste’ is scrapped off and the beans are taken from the shell and made into the most expensive coffee in the world! = Coffee Luwak or, as it is called over here, ‘Kopi Luwak’ (they have this in Vietnam too and it’s called Weasel Coffee – the luwak comes from the weasel family, I believe).

Anyway, here he is again:

Luwak

No, there are no coffee beans in my hair, Mr Luwak

What about this sizeable snake – worn as a necklace!

Python

Python

I’m pretty sure it’s a python… keep it away from this little cutie:

Cutie

Cutie – but are they porcupine quills on your head?

And what about this snake-like reptile, called an Alu:

Snake-like lizard

Snake-like lizard/reptile = Alu

And here’s that iguana again – my what a long tail you have!

Fully grown iguana

Fully grown granddaddy of an iguana

Here I’m feeding the fish – at our nearby restaurant!

Bale Udang has many bale’s (like gazebo’s) perched on top of a lake and that is where you dine – on fish.  If you have a little spare rice left over from your meal you can feed it to the carp swimming directly beneath you:  Eat fish, feed fish = balance.

Feeding the fish - at a restaurant

Feeding the fish – at a restaurant

And now I’m feeding a monkey in the Monkey Forest which is just 8 mins walk from my home – so close that, on rare occasions, the monkeys venture into my garden – they eat the leaves from my papaya tree but, luckily, they leave me with the fruit!

Feeding a monkey in the Monkey Forest

Feeding a monkey in the Monkey Forest

And here, as promised, is Jojo and JJ in perfect harmony:

Jojo and Jj - in perfect harmony

Jojo and Jj – in perfect harmony

A perfect way to end a post.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Julie!

    I really like your posts! I’m curently in Bali and I’m interested in this place (little zoo) with animals in Bedugul, do you remeber where exactly it is? I can’t find it anywhere on the online map and on any website they don’t mention about this but I really want to see this giant bat 😉 Thanks in advance!
    Take care!

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    • Hi Aleksandra
      Thanks for your message. Yes the little zoo, which is just like a little shop, is very close to the entrance to Lake Bratan temple.
      Go past that entrance and you will see the animals within a minute or so on the right. Hope you find them okay.

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    • Hiya, did you go there in the end?

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  2. You’re a far braver soul than I! Maybe I could do the luwak, and the cute little porcupine head, but snakes! Bats! Iguanas! Just get me out of there!

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    • Oh, but the iguana’s are just the best – it’s like holding a miniature pre-historic dinosaur in your arms!

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  3. shanemac

     /  07/02/2015

    I remember when JoJo and JJ were babies. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been over two years. I love all your animal photos. Looks like a fun, fascinating day.

    Reply
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