A Very Sad Reality

Last night, I came face-to-face with what could be called a very ‘sad reality’ of life in rainforest tourism.

While walking along the main road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, just steps from Byblos Restaurant and Casino, I saw a horrifying sight in the middle of the street.  A white-faced capuchin monkey lie there, life-less.

I ran to approach him, though I could tell from a distance that a pool of blood surrounded his tiny head.  He appeared to have fallen from a limb above and been hit by an on-coming car.

My heart sank.  It was too late for him; he was already dead and there was nothing I could do to save him.  Tears welled up in my eyes and ran down my cheek as I held his warm, little fingers.

I ran to find help in moving him.  A friend brought me a plastic bag to use while handling him, and was equally horrified at such a scene in the middle of the road.

When I picked him up, I was amazed at the weight of his tiny, lifeless body.  With the help of another friend, we carefully placed him in the bag to be carried away.

I write such detail of this horrible account in hopes of making an important point – This capuchin was not the first, nor will he likely be the last, to die from foreign causes to the way of life in a rainforest.  We all need to continue to be constantly aware of the fact that we are living in their home.  We have encroached on their way of life.  And so, we need to respect and act with caution in all that we do.  Even when simply driving down the road.


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