Safe and Sound by Susan Bergstrom

The Vervet Monkeys we find on our explorations in South Africa… have a very interesting family structure.
This nursing female is probably not even this little one’s mother.

The babies provide an excellent avenue, and It is so apparent that the young ones are used to trip your emotions to get food…
A nursing female will walk up and take a baby from another nursing female to start nursing and move closer to the humans in hopes she will convince you to toss her food.

At first I thought it was a bit harsh but then I realized the whole pack of monkeys went along with this order of business.
I suppose one could look at this behavior and see the adage
“It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”… but it is also some what amusing
that the kids are used in an effort to get handouts!

BTW, handouts to the wild monkeys of the game parks is strictly forbidden.
3" plus long teeth of an adult is another deterrent!

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I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
To me, my art and photography is the best way to express what I see around me.
I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
I formed Elbow Canyon Fine Art & Photography Retreats several years ago to offer my students a unique one-on-one instruction.
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  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 1 year ago

    what a great capture MONBTFQ>>>>>>>OMG

  • LOL…thanks! I have a pile of captures of these guys… could have stayed all day taking pictures! (;0)

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Ohhhhh, that is the sweetest thing. Love the fur and of course the baby.

  • Thanks Frannie… it was a wonderful time to catch these guys with all the babies… endearing but dangerous at the same time…best to use your telephoto settings! LOL!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Fabulous,Susan :)

  • Thanks Jozi! My pleasure!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work

  • Thanks Larry!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful Capture! Also,it shows that animals are not so different from us:-)

  • LOL…yes I would say the same! Thanks for viewing and your comment RobynLee.

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 1 year ago

    oh this is sooooo cute Susan! ‘furry’ nice…

  • Yes but from a distance to be sure! Thanks Linda!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Awwww!!! Now that is Love!! Great one MT

  • Thanks MT1…it was right place, right time to be able to get captures of all the newborns!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 1 year ago

  • Thanks Bootie! Always an honor!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 1 year ago

    Oh my gosh…what love!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks! Appreciate your viewing and comment!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 1 year ago

    a lovely picture, wonderful,dawnx

  • Thanks Dawn! it was a great experience!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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