Robbed by monkey(s)

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I was having dinner back at my parents’ place. My sister suddenly appeared at the door and announced that her house has been broken into.

Of course we had a big shock. She said she found the candies on her coffee table were eaten, and the thieve threw the wrappers on the floor. After some discussion, we concluded it must be the monkeys!

Huh, monkeys?!  *puzzled*

Let me explain. My sister stay in the RainTree condominium, which is situated right next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. And I really mean RIGHT NEXT TO. From her balcony, you can observe the monkeys swinging on the trees, bats flying around, cyclists and bikers. That is how close her unit is to the nature reserve. It is probably about 20-30 meters from her block to the nature reserve.

Though it is very close, it is difficult for the monkey to access her unit, because she isn’t staying in the first floor, and there is nothing for the monkey to grip on and climb up. She has been staying there for over a year and never once has the monkey broken in before.

Well, obviously it took one year for the monkeys to learn how to break into the condo.

If you observe carefully, you can see footprints on the coffee table. We looked around the house and saw lots of footprints! The monkey came in from the balcony into the living room, had some candies and biscuits.  Then it walked to the dining room and jumped up the dining table.  Fortunately it did not topple anything.

Funny thing is my sister has a dog, and the dog didn’t looked like he saw something odd.  I suspect the monkey must have gave the dog some of the loot to bribe him!

I guess it was a blessing in disguise that my sister locked the dog in the kitchen with the fence.  (If you think it is cruel, well it isn’t.  The kitchen is the mosty windy part of the house, and it is connected to the service yard.  There is plenty of space to walk around, water and food.  And he is not locked up by a door, but by the doggy fence.)  If the dog was wondering in the house, the monkey might have attacked the dog.  And thankfully for the dog, the monkey did not wander into the bedrooms, probably escaped when it heard the dog barking.

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