I’ll admit to not knowing a whole lot about the Travel Channel series Mark & Olly: Living With the Machigenga — I’m more of a No Reservations girl — but I think I might be in love with it. Well, I’m at least in love with its online videos called The Adventures of Mark and his Monkey. Which, you guessed it, are about survival adventurer Mark Anstice and the baby monkey he sort of adopts.
Here are a few of the reasons this show is making my brain explode:
1. The cuteness cannot be denied. The monkey is cute, Mark is cute, everything is really cute. It’s a cutesplosion, and if you know of something more adorable than a ruggedly handsome and capable British man waxing on about his precious infant monkey child/pet, well, I’d love to hear it. (Really. I would love to. I live for this stuff.)
2. But the weirdness apparently can. How did the wee primate come to be in Mark’s care? Well, her parents died. When…Mark…ate…them. This season of the show follows Mark and his co-adventurer Oliver Steeds (who’s the one holding the monkey in the photo) as they live in a remote area of Peru, and among the Machigenga, hunting and eating monkeys is customary. “Its parents could be the ones we ate,” observes Olly, but that’s the end of that line of thought, never to be brought up again. Okay!
3. The suspense is killing me. Does the monkey’s hand infection spread? Is powdered milk enough nourishment for a growing monkey? What do they do with her when they leave Peru? Do other members of the Machigenga tribe raise or care for monkeys? What kind of monkey is that? I cannot believe I have to wait a whole week for a new installment. Curses!
Anyone else loving this adorable yet weird little series?