Friday, 10 August 2018

Rio: Who could not be entertained by a crocodile?

I read recently that people take on average eight shots to get the perfect selfie. I would perhaps estimate that Brazilians take about eight-hundred: throughout my stay I saw a lot of selfie taking, often taken to extremes with GoPro cameras on sticks being controlled by phones. I suddenly felt very last century...

One quick hike up through the jungle covered hills by the sea brought me to a viewing platform where one particular rock seemed to have a queuing system for people waiting to take selfies. That was uninteresting and a little depressing, but seeing the leaf cutter ants and the peregrine-like bird that was feeding on them was extremely interesting. Standing in flipflops the middle of an army of the biting little insects was even more interesting than that...

Back in the favela, another wander along the canal showed that even the locals loved looking at what the local crocodile population was up to: one later day I saw a man chucking hunks of meat down to them, which they lazily guzzled down. Children would sometimes throw bits of bread at them, which the crocs ignored entirely unless they happened to be hit right on the head, snapping up irritably.