Kingo tries to land on my head.

So we were following Kingo and nothing much exciting was happening. He’d slept for about 40 minutes and now was wandering around feeding. At that point he was sitting up on a small hill and Kamo and I were at the base of it recording the data. Kingo went over to a small tree and climbed up it. He has this trick where he will climb up small trees and hold on to the top then ‘fall out’ bending the tree down. It looks really amazing when he does it. But this time we look up and we can see Kingo ‘falling’ out of the tree directly onto us. Seeing 200 pounds of silver back coming down towards you is quite impressive, but kind of scary. So we scrambled to get out of the way but of course we were still too close to Kingo’s food and he then grunted at us. Like it was our fault he decided to try and land on us! Then later on that day Kingo was sleeping on the ground next to a tree that all his females were up feeding. Roberta was collecting data on a female who was up the tree and was 10m from Kingo. We all thought Kingo was sleeping peacefully when thump! A female knocked a fruit down from the tree and it landed behind Roberta. And Kingo was up and on his feet and grunting at Roberta to get out of the way in one fluid motion that took about 1/64 of a second. It was pure poetry in motion but so quick that I’m sure it gave Roberta a bit of a fright. Anyway its always important to remember that Kingo is always aware of whats happening around him when he sleeps, especially if it involves food!!

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