Marauding rhesus macaques dive into Florida river near kayakers
What the monkey sees, the monkey does! Weird moment, dozens of marauding rhesus macaques drop bomb into Florida river in front of kayakers
- Family in kayak had to dodge monkeys jumping from tree into river
- Cheyenne Sosebee, 28, filmed the agile primates jumping into the water below
- Rangers told kayakers to “get away” from group of rhesus monkeys
A family in kayaks was forced to avoid dozens of potentially fatal monkeys that dove into the river in front of them.
Cheyenne Sosebee was paddling in Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida with her family on September 20 when she spotted marauding rhesus macaques.
The 28-year-old had just kayaked away from the tree where the primates began to jump seconds later.
Video footage taken by the stay-at-home mom shows the monkeys jumping from a tree and into the water below.
One by one, the monkeys bombard the river during the bizarre display, almost fearlessly launching themselves across the river.
Cheyenne Sosebee was kayaking at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Fla. With her family on September 20 when marauding rhesus macaques started jumping from a tree above them
Rhesus monkeys, native to Southeast Asia, carry herpes B which can be potentially fatal to humans
Rangers are heard warning people to “get away from the monkeys, you don’t want them attacking you” as Ms. Sosebee continues to film the primates splashing in the river.
About 30% of the species carry herpes B, which is potentially fatal to humans, but it is unlikely to be spread from monkeys, according to WDBO.
Ms. Sosebee said: “Before we pulled our kayak away from their tree, I was afraid they would land on us. I certainly wouldn’t want them in my boat. A few seconds after our move, they started to jump.
“I didn’t want them to jump in my boat or poop on me. I learned years ago that they can carry the herpes b virus, which can be fatal in humans.
“I knew they could swim, but I didn’t know they were bombarding water from high trees and with babies on their backs.”
Monkeys travel by jumping from tree to tree, but often leap trees into the water below to reach the other side of a river.
Agile primates are able to propel themselves most of the way across the river, allowing them to swim a short distance to the opposite bank.
Rhesus macaques also like to jump from heights and dive into water just for fun, according to the 2014 BBC documentary Monkey Planet.
Ms Sosebee said she had never heard of monkeys jumping into the water before and said it was “fun” to watch from a safe distance.
Ms Sosebee filmed the agile primates propelling themselves up a tree (left) and into the river below (right) to move quickly from one side of the shore to the other
She added: “I was the first to notice them, they were running on the shore and I saw them in the trees above us, as soon as I got my camera they started jumping.
Rangers warned people to “get away from the monkeys, you don’t want them attacking you” as Ms Sosebee, who was with her children (girl above), filmed the animals
“I guess they were jumping to get to the other side for food. I saw them later walking around the park eating plants.
“I have always loved this park so seeing the monkeys crossing was such an amazing treat for me and my family.
“I’ve never seen them jump into the water or so much at the same time.
“I’ve been to Silver Springs several times since I was a kid, but I’ve been lucky if I’ve seen maybe one or two. The monkeys are so small, but they hit the water so hard in person. ‘
Rhesus monkeys are native to Southeast Asia and only six arrived in Florida in 1938 in an unsuccessful attempt to create a Tarzan-themed attraction on a small island in the park.
The animals have since spread to Silver Springs State Park, which measures approximately 5,000 acres.
Primates live in forests close to water and can jump up to five meters. They are good swimmers so they can access food and avoid predators.