Have I told you that I share a fence with Lekki Conservation Centre?
Really peaceful neighbourhood surrounded by trees and birds and nature and all that good stuff.
Unfortunately, as with most things in life, things are never as they appear to be. For instance, while in most homes, at night people shut their doors and windows to keep Mosquitos out, in my neighbourhood we do that to keep bats out.
You read rights, bats. Just leave your window or net open a crack and they would force and squeeze their way through and start flying around. This freaks me out because well, bats are freaking ugly and there's something so....... dark about them and not just because they're black. But also because bats and freaking blind too! So they'll just fly into your room and start flying around and you jump up and want to run out but they're flying towards you because they cannot see you and they fly faster than many other birds so imagine that speed inside your room, especially when its more than one bat 😫😱. Unfortunately you cannot open the windows for them to fly out because, well, they're blind. So chances are that more would fly in instead. When this happens you eventually have to kill the bat, unless you don't mind cohabiting with them that is. I've never killed one, I'm way too squirmish but thankfully there's always someone around willing to be a bat murderer.
But this post isn't even about bats. It's about the monkeys. If you've ever been to the conservation centre or driven by, you'd know there are a million monkeys of all sizes inside there. Sometimes they just come out and chill on the roads, sometimes they sit on the fence watching people. And a few times they jump into people's compounds and on their roofs. These days however they've taken it up a notch and I'm begin to wonder if there's famine in the forest as they're now spending more time outside than inside and harassing everyone!
Last week i watched about three of them bully the woman who fries akara and yam on the road side adjacent to their fence. The poor woman ended up throwing some of the food on the floor when attempting to run away with it.
Sometime last year I bought a bunch of plantains and other groceries. I brought everything out of the car but couldn't take it all back in together so I went to keep the groceries first. Less than 2 minutes later I came out to take the plantain and half the bunch had disappeared. Bloody monkeys!
Now they're not just entering compounds, they've gotten bolder (or hungrier?), they're now invading kitchens! Yesterday we came back home after church and I was confused to see both the kitchen net and window wide open. I entered the kitchen to find this mess. You'd agree that this isn't the work of rats. You can see how they scattered the plates stand under the window and dropped some sand or whatever on the window seal when it/they were jumping in.
They ate one full finger of plantain, ate almost a whole one, half of one and about a quarter of two! They pushed down my bag of chips and ate some of it but I guess chips is not their thing so they didn't eat it all. I think they must have stolen some plantain too because it was more than this.
As I stood in the middle of the kitchen I'd never felt more violated in my whole life! 😰😭😩.
Monkeys actually entered our kitchen and ate our food.
Bloody monkeys! 🐒🐒🐒