Costa Rica is a wildlife lovers delight. Every way you turn, you will see a multitude of creatures, from the cute to the ridiculously cute. With around 5000 photographs to show for my month there, this is the tale of an encounter with my favourite of all the furry inhabitants.
“Venga! Venga!” exclaimed the man in jeans, who had the biggest smile he could possibly fit onto his face and was almost hopping on one leg with excitement. We had enjoyed our morning walk through the forest and were about to head off to breakfast. But our enthusiastic new guide who was now leaping over branches, turning his head every few moments to check we were following, had other ideas for us.
We turned a corner into what looked like an allotment, with a shed on the right hand-side. I was beginning to doubt whether this was going to be a very exciting surprise. But he continued to hop around, as he pointed frantically towards a couple of trees.
And then I saw it…
Slowly, creeping down the middle of two trees, the majestic creature twisted and turned to make his journey to the ground.
We stood quietly and watched him descend. Mouths open and hearts racing. It was a stunning sight.
Once he had nearly made it to the ground, he looked around at me as if to say, ‘OK you’ve had your show, are you really going to watch me go to the toilet as well?’
I took that as a good moment to leave. Emotional and moved by this close encounter, we finished our walk looking upwards, greedily trying to see more of his friends.
They didn’t disappoint us…
Costa Rica really is a wildlife lovers delight.
What has been your favourite wildlife encounter?