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I promised a good note : When I was working in Ecuador three years ago I had the pleasure of meeting BBCs own David Attenborough http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/mammals/. He came to do a piece on some possums and the worlds smallest monkey. The interesting bit is what happened before his arrival. A month before the actual shooting 6 people arrived at our little volunteers lodge, they were set up at a nice hotel, but came and worked with us on this project. The thing is they needed one of those small monkeys to climb up a branch, eat a bug and have Sir David watch it. So first things first, we were sent to find a monkey and we knew of an old lady in a nearby village who (wrongly) kept one as a pet. The crew found it usefull, only it had been fed mainly sweets and Coca Cola, so the little fellow had to be trained to eat insects, pretty difficult with the old lady thinking that was just disgusting! The crew gave her a camera to play with which left us with three weeks to train the monkey and by the way catch a male and female possum, build a cage for them and make them mate in front of the camera :o) After about two weeks of covering bugs in sugar, the little monkey seemed to like eating grasshoppers, so we were nearly ready for the big day. The crew went to find the perfect little sunny spot with the perfect little branch for the perfect little monkey to climb :o) When all this was ready we had just one night left and went to a village for a night of salsa and Ecuadorian beer. The next day we heard the sound of a canoo, and quickly got out to see who was there, and there he was dressed for the jungle and in a natural looking make up - Sir David Attenborough. He said hello to all of us and allowed us to come along and see the fruits of one month of preperation, provided we kept a safe distance and remained silent.

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