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 ….
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.
Her kids have all learnt after her…..
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 ♀ born around 2010 ?
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. Brody ♂ born around 2011 ?
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 !
3. Dy ♀ born around 2012 ?
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…
4. Bolly ♀ born in 2013
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 ♂ born around 2014
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 😂
6. Barney ♂ Born in 2015
He must have just turned 5 ( as of 2019 ) and is trying to throw his weight around in everything. I am not sure when he will leave but it seems that these sons of Bossy do enjoy special rights and are allowed to stay much long in their native troop.
He is becoming a trouble-maker !
7. Bossy Jr. ♀ born in 2016
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 ….😭
8. Bessy ♀ born in 2017
Youngest daughter of Bossy, born in 2017 🙂
Bessy’s debut with mum !
9. Bucky ♂ born in 2018
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…
10. Bubby ♀ born in 2019
Bubby is the first child between Bossy and Grandee now the latter has ascended to the alpha male throne following Cocky’s disappearance in July 2018. She does look different from all the other kids of Bossy ! She certainly has inherited her mum’s big-boned genes more than any of her siblings have and she is the biggest baby of the lots born in 2019 – she is as big as a yearling when she’s only 6 months old. Strong, boisterous and domineering she is the epitome of an alpha.
but she’s definitely more bubbly than her mum could handle at times 😝