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The only free roaming semi-wild apes in Europe, live in the Upper Rock of Gibraltar. In actual fact these are not true apes, rather, a tailless monkey "Barbary Macaque".

They seem to roam with little fear of humans, and seem to welcome them with the opportunity to steal food from the tourist that visits them. While driving along the road at the top of the rock, I saw a hiker with his Nikon DSLR. One of the monkeys jumped him from behind and almost made off with his camera. After seeing that I keep the strap of mine wrapped around my hand, and wonder how many cameras are in the monkey’s den..

There are approximately 250 monkeys, which are divided into 5 troops. There is debate on when they arrived from Algeria and Morocco. The two theories include: The Arabs brought them as pets in 700 AD, or the British in the 1700's. After WWII there was only four monkeys’s left. Winston Churchill then ordered that the population to be raised to 24. An old saying stipulates that Gibraltar will cease to be British on the day that there are no apes left on the Rock.

I have added a WS of one of monkeys having a snack on my shoulder. If you get a chance to spend some time with these animals, try not to scare them as they are wild and will bit, as one of the crew members from our boat soon found out when it decided to bit him on the hand.

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