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Cambodia - Monkey drinking Fanta photo by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I was traveling through Cambodia as a photojournalist with a nonprofit organization, and on one of our days off in Phnom Penh, we decided to visit the heritage site (and tourist trap) Wat Phnom with its elephant park and resident monkeys to relax a bit.

As monkeys of varying sizes scurried around interacting with visitors, I noticed they were being fed snacks, fast food, and soda. A man walked up to the monkey above and handed it a can of Fanta and it started downing the can like it was sweet nectar from the gods.

I took the shot.

While in terms of composition, it’s one of my personal favorites – the human-like gestures and expression of absolute enjoyment on the monkey’s face; it’s also one of my least favorite because monkeys really shouldn’t be cooling off on hot and humid days with Fanta.

It’s just wrong.

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  • Agreed, monkeys and Fanta don’t mix :-). Your shot reminds us of one of the monkeys we saw in Ubud, Bali at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – he (she?) was rolling an empty pop can on the ground and trying to drink (unsuccessfully) from it. Anyway, great photo!

  • Lol me i like the picture and I salute you for being able to capture it so gloriously. That monkey looks like it just tasted heaven inside that Fanta can hahaha

  • LolaAkinmade

    Thanks 🙂

  • Oh, I know it’s wrong, but it’s also a gorgeous photo. Great job on it!

    • LolaAkinmade

      Thanks!

  • Love the image! Original and fresh…wish i took it!

    • LolaAkinmade

      Thanks 🙂

  • Monica-USA

    I love the contradiction of this photo, it is very human like emotions in that monkey’s face as it chugs down that sweet nectar from the gods and cools off! But you are right at the same time it should be fresh water from a river or stream not a can of soda. It is just mesmerizing to look at! I’d have to say you have a winner there in that photograph! :O)

    • LolaAkinmade

      Haha, thanks Monica! I really like the monkey’s emotions in it.

  • They shouldnt, but it’sso freaken cute!

    • LolaAkinmade

      Thanks!