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Tragedy on Elephanta Island

Death of a Monkey Baby


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A monkey baby had died, and the hysteric mother climbed up and down the trees with it. Every now and then she laid the body out; the grieving family gathered around like at a wake, and one of the young lads rubbed his eyes as if he was crying.
The whole scenario appeared so human that I felt like an intruder, invading their privacy on such a sombre occasion.
(The mutt in the last pictures later tried to get at the body - you can't imagine how furiously he was chased away!)


Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Bereavement, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 1

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 2

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 3

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 4

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 5

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 6

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 7

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 8

Monkeys, Death, Wake, Grief, Elephanta Island, Maharashtra, Bombay, Mumbai, India

Tragedy on Elephanta Island 9


Frank L. Ludwig