Visiting Monkey Island with a few Carnivorous Plants - Bako National Park, Malaysia
Actually, about this monkey island business, this isn't really an island. Anddd this "not-island" wasn't 100% inhabited with monkeys. Although, there were a lots of monkeys, sometimes they were known for taking beer from tourists and end up pretty drunk and stuff. But, that never happened in our 3 day stay. So we took a small ferry boat over to the "island" (which is actually a peninsula.) Got settled in. And went on hikes. We were pretty lucky as well, we just missed a long week of steady rain while in this area.
The first hike was to a beach. A short 0.8km hike. Taking account of the interesting root plans and slippery slopes it took a long time. When we arrived, we remained to explore the beach for probably 4 times the time it took to hike. In which we saw the rainy sky transform into a beautiful blue shade.
Look out for the blue sky coming in strong.
On the sand, there are small crabs that like to build their houses under the sand. So they dig to build them, and leave these small, circular and perfectly round balls on the sand. Creating beautiful patterns and designs.
Don't forget about the water patterns as well.
Andd almost forgot about the rare proboscis monkey sighting we saw. An endangered species of monkeys with fat noses only seen in this Borneo region. In fact in all the world they can be seen only in this part of the UNIVERSE. Wow these are some great bragging rights.
Look at it's nose!!
We saw varieties of other animals and monkeys included. After the first hike, we went on a night hike to see the nocturnal wildlife with headlamps and flashlights.
Technically it was the second hike but it was only an hour and 45 mins long.
You might be wondering why there are hairy and umm...somewhat adorable pigs in these photos. Well these bearded pigs just roam free to dig everywhere and just chill around the workers doing what they please in the dirt. Cute.
Now i guess it's time to blog about the long 6.8km hike we took that led us through almost every vegetation in Malaysia. (No skiing slopes, sorry my mountain friends.) It begins near the beach and heads towards the mangroves and after that, we hiked completely uphill until a short cliff zone. Exhausting under the heat and stuffy forest. Why couldn't we reach the top faster? So practically running (or stumbling) along, we finally reached the peak of the National Park. It was a plateau that looked like volcanic rock although it felt smooth. We restsed a while before continueing on.
The scenery didn't change although we soon were jumping everywhere to avoid wet sloppy sandy puddles that were laid throughout the sandstone trail (see above.) After getting our shoes wet, we walked into a different series of trees. This forest continued on for a while so here are some of my workout captured when mom pulled out the camera.
Before ending our long hike with steep downhill steps (that were all collected with water,) we came across some carnivorous plants! Basically, the plants exerts a certain smell that bugs can detect. so they go investigate this interesting pitcher plant. When wet, the lip of the plant gets slippery and when the ants come, they fall inside to be DEVOURED!
When we were walking, we were conversing about the plants and suddenly Eli piped up about having 2 in his pocket. Of courses there would be a terrible fine to catch up with us if we kept it. So Eli had to leave his little pitcher plants in the green and say goodbye to the illegal offence. Continuing onto more rocky areas and interesting scenery.
Towards the ending of the hike we began to see some large mossy rocks and swamp forests where we saw some nocturne animals during the night hike. Almost back we saw a large crocodile or alligator thing that resembled much of a komodo dragon. Actually more of a lizard but it looked cool. The creature was crossing our path which was frightening at first but then it just slinked back into the forest.
So that's it for this short wildlife blog! We stayed for a short 3 days and and since we had a place to return to (in Kuching.) We only brought 2 other changes of clothing, one for sleeping and another for wearing. Well, i had sweat through all of them and was left with uncomfortable shirts to return to Kuching.