Al Hada Monkies

Or, should I say baboons!  These fellows live in an area called 'Al Hada' which is about 20 kilometers from Taif, Saudi Arabia.  They're accustomed to tourists but are still wild animals.  One of their tricks is to block your path to your car so you have to continue feeding them.  When you run out of food, they tend to get very agitated!  I countered this by always holding one piece of fruit in reserve.  I would get as close to my car as I could and then toss the fruit in the opposite direction.  This caused a diversion that would allow me to jump in and close the door.  But, I had to be cautious and drive slowly as they would stand on my hood until I vacated the area.


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