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Featured Photo: Barbary Babe with Macaque Mom

Featured Photo: Barbary Babe with Macaque Mom (Gibraltar; Europe)

With Africa (Morocco) in view to the south and Spain within walking distance to the east, tiny Gibraltar is a unique microcosmic experience. This British territory is famed for its Barbary Macaques (often referred to as Barbary Apes), tail-less monkeys with origins in North Africa. Legend has it that coveted Gibraltar will remain under British rule as long as the macaques remain. We spotted a few moms with babies as we explored the Rock. This pair makes a very sweet picture from a safe distance, but the mother would be ferociously protective if approached —think “soccer mom” on steroids with a great throwing arm and plenty of teeth. Pretty scary, huh?

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Featured Photo: Fierce Love

Featured Photo: Fierce Love (Gibraltar)

Barbary Macaques (“Barbary Apes”) in Gibraltar

It is safer to stroll across Gibraltar’s rather unique airport runway than to approach a Barbary macaque mother with child such as this pair. Locals have plenty of stories about foolish tourists who stepped close for a photo. We heard about one unfortunate man whose camera was removed from its bag and launched off a cliff! At that point, it was a little too late to ask for the memory card.

For more on Gibraltar’s colorful history: A Rocky History

 

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