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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What is that black thing on the path?

I almost stepped on it.  Not intentionally, of course, but it was just laying there on the garden path – not moving.

I bent down to get a closer look.

Ahh, so it was moving, just a bit – more like shaking.

Yes, it’s small furry like body was shaking but I still couldn’t work out what it was.

Baby bat on a banana leaf

Baby bat on a banana leaf

And then it opened it’s little wings and I knew I was looking at a baby bat.

“What are you doing on the path in broad daylight” I asked it – knowing full well that it couldn’t reply.

It appears that the banana leaves had been cut off to be used for Balinese ceremonial purposes and, apparently, baby bats often grow up inside the leaves.

This bat was now a homeless bat.

Baby bat

Baby bat

He flew about 30 centimetres off the ground but this was all he could manage with such small baby bat wings.

He landed on a large stone, covered in plants that is by the pond, and Pasek covered him with another banana leaf to make him feel at home… although where his mother was we didn’t know.

He is actually rather cute, don’t you think?

I hope he makes it back into his bat world okay.

For pictures of a full grown local bat click here.. Hmm I wonder if they are related.

Friends visiting from London…

I hadn’t seen Tamsin for ages…. we used to go to the theatre together in London, but that was years ago and in the meantime I moved to Bali and she got married to Tim and they now have a 2 year old boy called Rousseau.  So it was lovely when they came to Bali and we had a chance to spend time together.

Tamsin, Tim, Rousseau with me in my garden

Tamsin, Tim, Rousseau with me in my garden

A trip up to the volcano was great even though there was so much cloud that we couldn’t see the view at all.  However, we enjoyed a buffet meal right on the rim of the volcano, had coffees, teas and hot chocolate at the coffee plantation, saw the view of the rice terraces half way down the mountainside, and went inside the cave at Goa Gajah Temple:

Goa Gajah just outside Ubud

Goa Gajah just outside Ubud

We had some nice lunches together overlooking rice fields in Ubud, even though it poured with rain – well it is the rainy season!

If you look closely you can see two monkeys

If you look closely you can see two monkeys

They visited my place and saw my new house being built and we wandered around the Monkey Forest at the end of my road – what a fabulous tree this is!

Rousseau was fascinated by all the local wildlife… he seemed particularly keen on chickens, ducks, fish, cicaks, bats, monkeys and Roxy the elephant:

Tamsin, Tim and Rousseau on Elephants

Tamsin, Tim and Rousseau on Elephants

They only had a week here, not nearly enough, but at least they got the flavour of Bali and they said they will come back – and I’m sure they will….

Tamsin, Rousseau n I at Ubud Inn where the bat lives

Tamsin, Rousseau n I at Ubud Inn where the bat lives

Oh, and if you like the idea of seeing the big bat just click here

It’s just a big, cute looking, fruit bat

If you come and stay with me here in Ubud then I can take you to visit this bat – if you dare!

View from the back and upside down

View from the back and upside down

Full frontal view!

Full frontal view!

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

Gotta scratch that itch

Gotta scratch that itch

Flap those wings

Flap those wings

That’s one excited bat!

Snoozing maybe

Snoozing maybe

If you like bats then check out this post too about a baby bat.

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