Nor iron bars a cage....

David Carton

Blackwater, Ireland

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Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage… Richard Lovelace 1618 – 1657

Actually these Apes are free to roam anywhere. The bars are there to stop dopey tourists plunging to their deaths.

My original raw image taken on Nikon D300 PP in PS elements then painted in DAP Aquarell style

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A popular belief holds that as long as Gibraltar Barbary Macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. In 1942 (during World War II), after the population dwindled to just a handful of individuals (just seven monkeys), British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered that their numbers be replenished immediately from forest fragments in both Morocco and Algeria because of this traditional belief.

A story tells that Gibraltar is linked to Africa by a subterranean passage over 15 miles (24 km) long which begins at Lower St. Michael’s Cave and passes under the Strait of Gibraltar. Legend has it that the Gibraltar Barbary Macaques entered The Rock from Morocco this way

The Barbary Macaque population in Gibraltar is the only one in the whole of the European continent, and, unlike that of North Africa, it is thriving. At present there are some 300 animals in five troupes occupying the area of the Upper Rock, though occasional forays into the town may result in damages to personal property.] Moreover, three Barbary Macaque females can be seen on the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park in Gibraltar. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary Apes or Rock Apes, despite the fact that they are monkeys (Macaca sylvanus). The local people simply refer to them as monos (meaning monkeys) when conversing in Spanish or Llanito (the local vernacular).

The Gibraltar Barbary Macaque is considered Gibraltar’s unofficial national animal.

Thanks to everyone who visits & comments on my work

Due to time constraints I’m no longer just saying individual thanks when someone comments on my work, but I will always try to repay the compliment by visiting & commenting on your work

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