Matriarch Bossy and her family

There are about 40 individuals in this medium-sized troop, excluding babies and juveniles. They are led by a matriarch and a few males who wield absolute power as they live in an unfortunately despotic society, a bit like the Chinese in communist China or Koreans in  North Korea.

NB: this page is still being updated as of Feb, 2019. The info will change in due course to reflect my latest understanding of this troop ….

Bossy

The matriarch is Bossy , she is strong, big and bossy and a real daredevil. she is fair in disciplinary matters as far as macaques are concerned. She would readily lash out at anyone who try to come too near to her troop members, particularly the juveniles and the babies ( she did try to bite me when I was so tempted to pet her daughter Bolly  then ) . At times she would intervene if a baby is being neglected by their mother. She is over 15 years old in my opinion ( in the wild macaques could live up to 20 to 25 years at most ) and has many offspring.

Bossy, the strong matriarch with a body to match her reputation !

But too daring sometimes for her and her baby’s own good….


and she calls the shots when her baby gets to nurse


and she teaches her kids the know-how to survive during lean times…

As of 2019 I am quite certain that the following individuals are Bossy’s children over the years:

1. Bry

Eldest daughter of Bossy she must be around 10-11 years old ! She usually play a large part in babysitting Bossy’s newborns.


When Bossy wasn’t nursing Bossy Jr. was seen mostly with Bry

2. Dy

9-10 years old she really takes after Bossy, especially her build. Big-boned, muscular she could be taken to be a male ! She doesn’t bother much with babysitting and she seems to have a role to play as the ” brat ” squad sometimes to help too indulgent mum from spoiling a baby into a milk brat 🙂 or she’s just doing it as she’s craving for a baby !


Dy at her most vicious….


but I don’t think she really loves babysitting that much…

3. Brody

6-7 years old. He was mistaken to be Barry initially but on further inspection he obviously is a much older male. It will be another year or two before he will reach adulthood ( for males, the average age to become sexually mature is around 8 years old ) but for now he seems to be tolerated to hang around with his native troop in the periphery. He obviously still loves his family and hence he was seen caring for Bessy too ! Bless him 🙂


That’s Brody, not Barry !

4. Bolly

5-6 years old she really is of matriarch material – smart,feisty and agile. She currently is responsible for babysitting Bessy and Bucky since her oldest sister Bry has fallen out of Bossy’s favor as Bossy Jr disappeared ( presumed dead 😢 ) under her watch….


She was mistaken with Bobby, Reddy’s older son early on..😂

5. Barry

4-5 years old he should be about to leave the troop and hang around in the periphery like his older brother Brody. He came to my notice as one of the loving brothers who took care of Bessy when she was injured 🙂 I named him Barry at first but in subsequent videos somehow I remembered him as Bally, my bad 😂

From left to right – Bry, Dy and barry…

6. Bossy Jr.

She would have been 2 and half years old had she lived. RIP Bossy Jr who disappeared sometime in mid-Feb in 2017 🙁


Bye bye Bossy Jr ….😭

7. Bessy

Youngest daughter of Bossy, born in 2017 🙂


Bessy’s debut with mum !

8. Bucky

Youngest son of Bossy, born in 2018 🙂


First hard lesson for lil Bucky 😂

There are probably more as we know a son would leave eventually when he reaches adulthood.

Bossy might appear to be mean sometimes but there’s a reason behind it in my opinion ….


The passing of Bossy Jr. must have something to do with it….

This is a very close-knitted family ( in fact they all are there, even Gypsy’s  ) and they look after one and other just like we do ( and probably more so than some of us ! ). When Bessy was injured back in Aug 2018 Bossy’s kids all took turns to carry her around and protect her 😇 !  You could pick at Bossy for all her faults but she clearly has raised some very good kids and instilled into them some good old values.




Thanks to their help Bessy had managed to pull through a potential life-threatening injury….


Bossy’s kids ( except Brody he’s probably out there somewhere on his own😢) huddling up to mum in winter…

2016 babies ( Annie )

Annie’s the matriarch of this small troop which only had less than a dozen members to start all with but in time you’ll see it grows…..
There were 2 newborns in this troop in 2016 – oh well one in reality as one of the newborn belongs to Lubby whose allegiance is questionable…..
I have to confess at that time I only knew about this troop because I was following Stumpy…


Jack♂

Mother: Annie
DOB: around 15/06/2016
Father: Batman the alpha male
There’s very little footage of Jack as my attention then was of Baty and Dopey from Bossy’s troop and I have to confess I didn’t like Annie at that time ( and I didn’t really care much for Jack either 🙁 ) as she was rather mean towards Stumpy who was trying to get accepted into her troop…


Jack wasn’t getting much of limelight in those days..

Jack between 5-6 months old…

Jack at about 2 years old….


Dubby♂

Mother: Lubby
DOB: around 30/07/2016
Father: unknown
I love Dubby.

The bond between Dubby and Lubby is one of the most beautiful out there….

I always feel sorry for him as mum Lubby couldn’t give him all the time and attention that most newborn would take for granted 🙁 Being the son of a drifter mum he was always left alone, hiding up in some treetops while waiting for mum to come back for him. Lubby had no choice then as she had to forage to make ends meet and unfortunately most food was found near the bigger troops during feeding time and she was not exactly welcome to come and pick her share. She had to wait for a chance to grab and run, risking herself in the process. I therefore totally sympathize her circumstances to leave Dubby behind as it was safer to go about without Dubby tagging along with her. I just hope he had an aunt who could babysit him while mum was away 🙁


Poor Dubby security is what matters most to a baby….


Life as drifters isn’t great….

Lubby was dithering between Annie’s troop and Bossy’s troop then and was switching her allegiance from time to time. I suppose she was partially to blame for the situation she put herself and unfortunately her kids into. I think deep down she has always preferred to be with Bossy’s troop and most of the mothers there were indifferent to her presence and had no qualms whatsoever letting Dubby to mingle and play with their babies. But it didn’t work out as Gypsy was openly hostile to her and would chase her away whenever she saw her around. In the end Lubby settled for Annie’s troop though half-heartedly only. Dubby had no choice but to go along with Lubby’s decision. He has since settled in but he always look very lonely and out of place there. Poor Dubby…..






Lubby’s various attempts to get accepted into Bossy’s troop…


Dubby playing with his peers in Bossy’s troop….


Dubby nowadays….

2018 babies ( Löwina )

Thank god they only have two newborns this year !

Fözzina aka Fözzi♀

Mother: Löwina
DOB: around 21/05/2018
Father: Leo
Fözzi was so named as she’s got really fuzzy baby fur when she was born especially on her ears 🙂

Her ears are so fuzzy 🙂


Fözzi’s debut 🙂

Sister to Flöffi born the year previously and the newest heir to the throne she is again expected to become independent as soon as possible by her matriarch mum Löwina. We again see her getting weaned early and she is among the first few of this year’s babies to be acting so independently at such young age. She doesn’t seem to get much piggybacking from mum at all 🙂


Sorry Fözzi but there’s a lot to be expected from you….

Her relationship with Flöffi again resembles that between Noe and Nona and it is always a joy to watch them interact with each other 🙂


Noe and Nona, Fözzi and Flöffi 🙂

Her best friend is Demi, born 3 weeks after her. These two babies are adorable when they huddle and lip-smacking at each other as though they are gossiping how horrible life is when milk is being cut back by their mums !

Fözzi ( left ) and Demi ( right) are so cute together 🙂

Demi♀

Mother: Donna
DOB: around 14/06/2018
Father: unknown
Unlike her sister Danni’s almost pitch-black coat, Demi has a light auburn one but apart from the colours the two look alike as they both have such a cute and beautiful face with their almost trademark-like beautiful big round eyes, a trait they both inherit from their mum Donna 🙂


Demi’s debut 🙂


Demi is just so cute 🙂

Again Demi is also camera-shy and it is rare to catch her 🙁


Demi and Fözzi huddle up !

2017 babies ( Löwina )

Poor Löwina has been around for a long time and before I began 3 years ago to follow and video the monkeys regularly I see on my weekly hike I had already known about the existence of this poorly abused matriarch for a while. However I didn’t begin to include this troop in my list to follow until later in 2017 hence the list goes only as far back as 2017….

Noe♂

Mother: Nana
DOB: around 06/05/2017
Father: unknown
Noe was the very first baby born in 2017 and because he was so cute ( he still is ) I decided to follow his progress when I can and one thing led to another and so in the end I ended up following all their babies born that year in 2017 LOL ! Fortunately Löwina’s troop is small and is not very prolific otherwise I would have regretted that decision to put them on my radar screen !


Noe’s debut 🙂

Noe’s so cute resting on mum….

What makes Noe a joy to watch, apart from the loving interactions he has with his mum is his love-hate relationship he has with his sister Nona ( previously known as Olivia ), born probably back in 2015. The two love to tease each other and their shenanigans always put a grin on my face 🙂

Noe with his sister Nona in the foreground…


We’ve met Nona before as a baby….


Noe and Nona are friends and enemies at the same time 🙂


Flöffina aka Flöffi♀

Mother: Löwina
DOB: around 10/07/2017
Father: Leo, the alpha male
Flöffina is so named because of her fluffy tail which resembles a squirrel’s 🙂 This fluffy tail is a trait she likely inherits from her father Leo who has one too !

Look she has a really fluffy tail !

Despite being an heir to the throne Flöffi was never pampered by her matriarch mum and was never allowed to have access to milk round the clock. In fact she was weaned quite early on and was aunted ( babysat ) most of the time. It seems as though Löwina does expect her daughters to be independent asap so as to prepare them to lead the troop in case she isn’t around anymore ! Perhaps her injury from animal abuse had had a part to play with her seemingly harsh attitude towards her babies….


while older Noe could still nurse at will Flöffi was getting a taste of aunting….


Danni♀

Mother: Donna
DOB: around 14/07/2017
Father: unknown
Danni was one of the cutest babies born in 2017 ! She caught my eye immediately as she looked so much like baby Dopey minus the clumsiness though 🙂 Being the daughter of a low-ranking female she never likes to be noticed and shuns the limelight all the time 🙁 But I respect that and I always try to zoom in so as not to upset her at all.


Danni’s beautiful dark round eyes….

2018 babies ( Nora )

There were 4 babies born to Nora’s troop in 2018 of which 3 have been followed…

Nick♂

Mother: Nora
DOB: around 15/04/18
Father: Bruce the alpha male
Brother to the late Cessa ( RIP 🙁 ) Nick at first seemed to fare a similar fate with mum Nora at least on our very first encounter – Nora’s was a bit cold towards Nick again, handled him roughly and ignoring his call from time to time, much to my dismay 🙁 Fortunately she warmed up to him almost a moment later and it really does seem that Nora’s mood swings quickly !


My first encounter with Nick….


and he’s not going to follow Cessa’s fate….


Nick’s hitting normal developmental milestones…

He has progressed normally since and there hasn’t been any setback at all with him – though he does seem to get on mum’s nerves from time to time, just like all boys do !

Bette♀

Mother: Norma
DOB: around 01/06/18
Father: Unknown
Norma is her mum and is so named as it looks very likely that she is an older sister of Nora ! Norma’s baby girl has an unusually wide forehead and very wide set eyes, slanted too that give her a very unique look – some may consider her ugly but I really think she looks cute and reminds me of Betty Boop !

I just look different !

Remember ” The Ugly Duckling ” ?


That’s how I first met Bette 🙂

She seems to be quite a demanding girl and is having a hard time to wean but Norma seems to be a very patient mum and just like her other girl born last year she should have no problem getting Bette weaned when the time comes. Some mums are just more tolerant but they would still get the job done at the end !


She won’t give up on the milk bar easily !

Essie♀

Mother: Estel
DOB: around 01/06/18
Father: Unknown
Essie just can’t be ignored – she photobombed me each time I was filming either Bette or Nick for telling me never to ignore her ! So I have relented and decided to include her in my list of babies to follow too ! Whether she will find fame I don’t know but now everyone knows her as the baby who gives stink-eye to Arroz every time !

Essie: ” Back away ! “

Essie:” Don’t just film my friends ! “

when Essie isn’t giving me the stink eye 🙂


That’s how she came to my notice 🙂

2017 babies ( Nora )

Eddie♂

Mother: Edith
DOB: around 01/05/2017
Father: unknown
Eddie’s bright auburn coat was unmissable and indeed that’s how I first noticed that there was a newborn in Nora’s troop. His mother is the sweet old Edith and she’s easily recognisable by her rather prominent hypogastric hernia which didn’t seem to affect her at all.

That’s me with my mum Edith 🙂

See my mum has that bulge below her belly button 🙂


Ah ! that’s my debut ! Wasn’t I adorable !

An experienced mum obviously Eddie’s babyhood was quite unremarkable and he just thrives and grows like all the other babies have done before him 🙂

Cessa♀

Mother: Nora
DOB: around 03/05/2017
Father: Bruce, the alpha male
Nora was very sweet and pampering towards Vince born the year before and so it was quite a shock to me to see how rough and indifferent she was towards Cessa, her new and first daughter born in 2017. It’s really the first time that I saw a rhesus mother almost bordering on to cruelty the way she treated her newborn – she would ignore her call, and she couldn’t even care to carry her newborn who could hardly crawl let alone walk by roughly dragging her along the ground, it was just heartbreaking 🙁 The only saving grace was that Nan the great caring aunt was around to say a stop to it and help lil Cessa out from time to time when she needed someone to hold onto….


Nora pinning, dragging Cessa initially….


Nora obviously wasn’t really that caring to say the least…

Nora is a very new matriarch and I think she’s probably just a year older than Aggy in Bossy’s troop ( who was only around 4 to 5 years old ) and as such it seemed like she had a hard time again becoming a mother again, perhaps the novelty of having a baby was gone and she couldn’t care less about Cessa ( even though she was a more valuable daughter ) and treated her like an afterthought at least initially.


She just didn’t seem to like the idea of becoming a mother again….

I was worrying about Cessa but fortunately Nora did finally warm up to her new baby girl after a week or two and began to take to her well. But it was still hard not to cringe the way she carried Cessa around – like casually slinging an accessory to her side, not properly like all rhesus mother do ventrally. It was quite precarious to watch how Cessa was trying to hold onto mum without loosing her grip.


At long last, Nora was motherly and baby Cessa seemed like she was really cared for !

Anyway apart from that rather worrisome quirk Nora was caring for her baby like many others do. In due cause Cessa just reached her developmental milestones like all other babies do – she began to walk gingerly, then was running around and began to climb and play with her brother Vince and her only peer in the troop Eddie.


Cessa was a happy curious lil baby 🙂

Everything seemed hunky-dory until the day she just disappeared off the radar screen – by about early July it was evident she’s gone forever. We’ll never know what happened precisely but my guess is that Cessa died in a fall – Nora got really carried away by her novel way of carrying a newborn around… accident does happen but it was just so tragic that it happened to a cute baby like Cessa and needlessly so too….


Cessa didn’t turn up and mum was behaving strangely 🙁


Bye bye RIP Cessa…..

Things finally did look up for Cessa…

Mum was taking to her….

Cessa was a sweet baby…..

A beaming happy baby girl….

And that’s how I’d like to remember you…

2016 babies ( Nora )

Nora’s troop is one of the lesser troops I occasionally follow.

Vince♂

Mother: Nora
DOB: around 25/04/2016
Father: likely Bruce the alpha male
I first met him not long after he was born and on seeing how he was loved and pampered by all the females in his troop I coined him the moniker ” Lil Prince “.


My very first encounter with Vince….


The second time I met him with his troop I had a better understanding of who’s who 🙂

As time went by I began to realize that he’s the son of the matriarch, Nora and that what appeared to be his nanny was in fact just an older senior female, now we called Nan ( instead of Granny as that name has been taken by the geriatric one-eyed female who always accompanies Aggy in Bossy’s troop ).

To conform to the nomenclature Lil Prince is now known as Vince. He’s a funny lil one I wish I had followed him more regularly !


Vince is a chunky baby too !

2018 babies ( SH )

This year two babies were on my radar…

Tibbin

Mother: Tina
DOB: around 22/07/2018
Father: unknown
I had originally thought Tina would skip a year with any birth given how low-ranking she was and that she never could find enough food for herself let alone another new mouth to feed. But by late June it was pretty clear to me that she was expecting and just before the end of July we had a new baby, Tibbin brother to Tiny.




My first encounter with Tibbin….

From the get go Tibbin seemed to be another late bloomer – he was slow with every developmental milestone and he wasn’t walking until he’s at least a good 6 weeks old and only sparingly. Something wasn’t right with him and it seems whatever plagued Tiny was affecting him too….too bad he didn’t have that tenacity streak that Tiny has. He hadn’t been seen since mid October and was presumed dead. RIP sweet lil baby 🙁


Tibbin just wasn’t active….


Tina was trying hard to feed those two…


last episode when he was seen alive…


RIP sweet lil Tibbin….

Skimpy♀

Mother: Skinny
DOB: unknown
Father: unknown
Skimpy came to my notice because of how thin and poorly her mum is – when everyone dons thick winter pelage she is still  in her rather shabby summer coat. She must find it hard to keep herself and baby warm…. Yet despite her apparent hardship she is a very loving and indulging mother and Skimpy must be fed adequately as she is of normal size and just as energetic and curiously happy like all her peers are !



Poor Skinny but she loves and cares for her baby daughter !

2017 babies ( SH )

I again only followed 2 babies from this troop in 2017 🙂 One of them just happened by chance as well !


Bobbin♂

Mother: Martha
DOB:  around 20/06/2017
Father: unknown
Bobbin was another cutie pie just like his bigger brother Button. Indeed all Martha’s babies are lookers as far as we know.


My first encounter with Bobbin….

Bobbin was a small baby just like his brother was but whereas Button was a little bundle of energy at his age Bobbin seemed to progress very slowly and was always lethargic  and he didn’t seem to hit many developmental milestones until rather late.




I kept a close eye on the two but Bobbin just disappeared off the radar around the beginning of December 2017 and has never been seen since, presumed dead. I always wonder what had got him – a fall or a bird of prey – the latter was a very remote possibility though. Anyway I will always remember his big sad eyes and the way he clung to mum like an accessory…. RIP Bobbin 🙁


Last episode of Bobbin seen alive….


RIP Sweet baby Bobbin 🙁

Tiny

Mother: Tina
DOB: unknown
Father : unknown
I discovered Tiny the same day that I saw Bobbin for the very last time….


Skip to 14:00 and you’ll find Tiny…..


Tiny making his first debut….

As such I don’t really know much about Tiny prior to that episode which was filmed in November 2017. Nevertheless I did manage to find a glimpse of Tiny with his mum in an unrelated footage dated in September in which both appeared for a brief moment. Judging from his size then I would hazard a guess that he was probably born between June and  late July which would made him about 5-6 months old by the time I noticed him properly.


Tiny had an more auburn coat then….

Tiny was really small for his age and a lot of theories had been thrown around to offer for an explanation. I was hoping from the start that it was a case of failure to thrive from an exogenous cause i.e. malnutrition and not something that would make intervention almost impossible and futile – for example an underlying endocrine condition. But whatever the cause was it was hard to watch a small, haggard baby trying to scrape for a living by mopping up whatever tiny morsel there was on the ground…..


Tiny’s hard life……

And it was just as hard to watch Tina, Tiny’s mum and his aunt ( possibly the oldest daughter of Tina ) trying to steal food from him….


Tiny really found it difficult to keep his share…..

I wasn’t sure whether my intervention helped as much as the early timely arrival of the fruiting season of camphor trees which gave a tremendous boost to Tiny’s diet. But by early March Tiny was beginning to grow and catch up with his peers first in terms of his agility and later his size too. It was just miraculous to watch the transformation that happened before my eyes !


It took a lot of patience to help Tiny without upsetting the hierarchy…


Tiny was fortunate…..


and Tiny had finally caught up with his peers….

Tiny had overcome every hardship a monkey baby could possibly see by his sheer tenacity and determination to live. I wish his baby brother Tibbin did get a fraction of his determination….

2016 babies ( SH )

Skull Head’s troop is a mega troop ( 400 -500 strong ) and probably is the largest in the world according to the literature and obviously it has far more babies born each year than I could humanly recognize and follow.  I do however for various reasons follow a few individuals and their offspring 🙂

Button♂

Mother: Martha
DOB: around 15/07/2016
Father: unknown
Button was undoubtedly one of the cutest, if not the cutest babies born in 2016 ! ( yup in my opinion, he was cuter even than Dopey ! ) He first caught my eye back in Oct 2016, by then he’s already a good 3 months old but then I thought he was only a newborn as he was just so small ! It’s only in retrospect that I discovered that I had indeed met him a few months earlier back in July without realizing it !

Oh yes we’ve seen him when he was only a few days old !

And even more surprising was that not only had I met him before I actually had met and filmed his mum Martha back in 2013 well before I began to film these monkeys regularly !

yup, that’s Martha back in 2013. that baby, a big brother now of Button is still around 🙂

His mum Martha is the only females ( apart from Reddy ) that I know with only one functioning breast. The contrast between Martha and Reddy, apart from their appearances is most pronounced in their ways of bringing up babies – whereas Reddy is always forgiving and yielding, Martha is more a disciplinarian, and she sticks to her rules and means it. It seems most females in a bigger troop will try to wean their babies asap and I’ve seen the same happening with other babies from such troop – like Bobbin, Tibbin, Tiny etc. I suppose there is more peer pressure to prepare their babies to become independent earlier as life actually isn’t as easy in a bigger troop especially when one isn’t very high ranking to start with !

Martha is a no-nonsense mum and she keeps her babies in their place !

Ava♀

Mother: Sophia
DOB: around 28/07/2016
Father: unknown
It was by chance that Ava came to my notice as her mum looks very pretty and quite unique-looking. I do see the two quite frequently but as her mum is quite high-ranking and that they both seem to do quite well without my checking on them comparing to the few females that I follow in this troop I don’t normally make a habit of featuring them in my videos, sorry 🙁

Meet Ava and her mum Sophia here !