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1,000's of Monkeys Invade Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica

Mother Nature goes crazy and unleashes her wrath. .

By William "Skip" LichtPublished 2 years ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Two of the 1,000's contemplating their next move. .

Mother Nature worked overtime this past Thursday! Shoppers & Business Owners. . Pedestrians & Street Vendors. . Damas & Caballeros. . they woke up to THOUSANDS OF MONKEYS invading the STREETS of San Jose!

​ Nature went FULL TILT. . for some reason the monkeys came in from the jungle and started some heavy-duty trouble here in downtown San Jose. I witnessed it first hand. I was sitting quietly in my favorite soda, just west of the Teatro Nacional. . ready to enjoy my second cup of the morning. I heard a startling wave of grunts and growls. . howls and screeches. . leaps and bounds! I thought I was dreaming! I turned to another customer and shrugged my shoulders. He had lived here for over 20 years and had never seen anything like this before!

​ I looked up from my morning thoughts and all of a sudden, thousands of creatures jumped from the rooftops. . they came from around the corners. . they came INSIDE some of the businesses. They were grabbing food from the hands of people, enjoying perhaps an empanada or breakfast sandwich. People were scrambling for safety. One bold white-faced monkey even poured himself a cup of coffee, sat down beside me and grabbed my bagel with cream cheese from my trembling hand. Who the heck was I to argue? He smiled, threw his empty cup to the floor, left quickly. . and DIDN'T EVEN LEAVE A TIP!

​ In other news, the skies of Jaco Beach went totally dark as thousands of toucans and scarlet macaws flew overhead. This phenomenon lasted for over 5 minutes. The sky went black. . the sun took a siesta! At high noon, hundreds of people ran outside, trying to figure out what was happening! Those outside diners, enjoying their sandwiches and salads. . feeling the warmth of the sun as they chatted with friends. . they were unpleasantly surprised and they could not believe their eyes.

​ Mother Nature at times shows us what the animal kingdom is capable of. . And in Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, at any given moment, we can be witness to some amazing happenings. And couple that with today, April 1st, and let your imagination run wild.

​ Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.

​ People who were slow to get the news or had failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1, continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1. They became the butt of jokes and were called “April fools". Pranks were pulled and included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily-caught fish and a gullible person. And the tradition lives on. .

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About the Creator

William "Skip" Licht

Costa Rica is a magical place. Since November, 2002, when I first visited this country, I have been in love with the people, the culture, its biodiversity, the food. . everything about it makes me happy! Now I share my excitement with you!

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