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….

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