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When we were driving by the rainy forest we got so overwhelmed by the wave of the fresh air bursting into our tuk-tuk that we even stopped to just breathe it. At such moments you realize that these forests are the lungs of our planet. It is incredible how many exotic plants, flowers and amazing high pine trees grow here along with palm trees and tropical flowers! Such forests are an invaluable wealth and it is hard to imagine how many various creatures find their home in one tree! In colonial times the forests of Ceylon were mindlessly cut over. They were planted with the imported trees that had forced out the real endemic species. For instance, it happened to Sinharaja ‘Lion’ rain forest which is the relic of the forests that existed on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. Unfortunately the same thing is happening to the forests today due to the construction of numerous hotels. Dear people, please, take care of forests! Even human lungs are shown as a tree on medical posters!

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Where do butterflies flit from flower to flower? They are all in the rainy forest, the preserved pieces of which in Ceylon are the remains of the relict prehistoric nature of the southern supercontinent. When I first saw the butterflies of Sri Lanka, they were so bright and large that I thought they were exotic birds! The path to the monastery located in the jungle began with gigantic Anthurium underbrush. The leaves of the iron wood tree or NA which is the symbol of Ceylon were soft pink, like girlish lips, despite its "tough" name. However, fairy forests are also home to predator-like plants. We took one of those home out of curiosity willing to plant it at our place. Its flower bud covered with a cap was full of poor insects and we doubted if it was worth breaking the harmonious world of the tiny inhabitants of our home territory.

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Since the monkey could walk without assistance next morning, we set it on a big stone near our place providing it with a bunch of grapes. Moving from stone to stone it scrambled over a fence and finally found itself in its native jungle. Its mom was waiting for it there. The matured monkey which was keeping an eye on us yesterday came back to meet its daughter! Later I enjoyed observing them eating peacefully the leaves of a cinnamon tree through the kitchen window before they vanished into the foliage. Maybe it will pay a visit some day, who knows? As for me, I know only one man who is a real friend of black monkeys in our area – my friend Chaminda from Hikkaduwa 👍🏽

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Sanjaya who was visiting us this evening said there was an incident on the way when a baby monkey fell down from the power line and obviously suffered an electric shock. When we came to the spot there was already a crowd of confused people who kept chasing away the hungry dogs. The monkey who was unable to move helplessly sat on a village doorstep. It was sad to see how the monkey’s mom separated from its baby by a twist of fate kept worrying about the kid while sitting on the top of a very high palm tree. We had to take the little monkey home for a while to save it from the dogs that could have bitten the poor thing to death. After having a crushed banana the monkey cuddled on the soft fabric bag and fell asleep. Our cat Phoenix tried to play with it a bit but then routinely made up his bed on the keyboard of the laptop. Long time ago Phoenix was brought to us from a big cat family and he also felt very lonely at first. In the evening the rain came pouring down. Coming downstairs I found the two new friends sleeping peacefully in the study. Phoenix was enjoying its warm keyboard on the laptop while the baby monkey was dozing under the desk nearby.

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