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….
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 !
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….
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.
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 !
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.
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 🙂
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 🙁
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 !
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….
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 !
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 🙁
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….
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 🙂
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 !
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 🙁
DOB: 27/04/18 Mother: Dolly Father: probably not Grandee Characteristics: Big protruding ears like his brother Baty. He’s like a bit of Spocky and Baty mixed together hence his name Bocky 🙂
DOB: 18/05/18 Mother: Aggy Father: Grandee Characteristics: Poppy looks really different from her sister Lilly. Everything about her is big – big eyes, ears and size. Considering how small and svelte her mum Aggy is it’s really a miracle that she was actually delivered and well without much signs suggesting of difficulty like sub-conjunctival ecchymosis and facial bruising !
She has inherited her dad Grandee’s prominent philtrum and definitely his strength too. I could see her already quite a handful for mum to restrain already even at only a few days old 🙂
DOB: 20/05/18 Mother: Bossy Father: Cocky Characteristics: Another Bossy Jr. look-alike just like Bessy born last year – in other word, another cute baby again ! Except this one has bucked the trend and is a boy instead. Bossy must be a bit disappointed for boys don’t swell her rank. But as her clan dominates the troop ( she has at least 4 or 5 grown daughters and quite a few grandchildren under her belt too ) she shouldn’t mind 🙂
Bucky I dare say is the cutest baby of the three that I’ve documented from her. He really does have that classic monkey look to him !
DOB: 28/05/18 Mother: Ridgy Father: Grandee Characteristics: Fify just reminds me of Dopey the moment I laid eyes on her ! With her big dark round eyes and small face she has that angelic look to her just like Dopey ! Unlike Dopey she doesn’t fret over milk in fact she doesn’t seem to mind going without it so much so she is perfectly comfortable without mum so it appears so far ! Cute and doesn’t bother she’s what most mothers hope for !
DOB: 28/05/18 Mother: Lancy Father: unknown Characteristics: All Lacy’s kids have light auburn hair and Lacy is no exception ! She actually does look like Reddy’s daughter so I suspect the two might have the same father ! It’s difficult to know more about Lacy as is per tradition the Lacy household shuns the Arroz-run media 🙁 She wants something classy like Vogue 🙁
DOB: 04/06/18 Mother: Reddy Father: Not sure Characteristics: Auburn coat, almond-shaped eyes, baby Dimpy looks nothing like his brother Dopey born 2 years ago and it probably is a safe bet to say they have different fathers too ! My bet is on Grandee as I’ve seen him coddling and grooming Reddy last December – whether this is a standard post-coital behaviour or not I really don’t know 🙂 It’s all a less-than-educated guess 🙂
As a girl Dimpy seems to receive more protection than Dopey did. In fact Reddy is so protective of her little girl she always hides with her up in the trees or down in the undergrowth even it’s their turn to take the road to forage and to be fed. I don’t ever recall her being so secretive with Dopey ! It just seems they do prefer girls to boys…..
Boys will leave mum eventually, but not girls….
But when she does feel safe to emerge with her baby girl it’s just so lovely to see how she interacts with baby Dimpy – things might be less chaotic and funny with Dimpy as she certainly isn’t as clumsy but hey I don’t think there will be another clumsy baby like Dopey ever again !
But Dimpy is lovely to watch just as well !
DOB: 06/06/18 Mother: Lucy Father: unknown Characteristics: Brother of Charly Coffy has a coat not as dark as his brother’s but with a tinge of coffee-ground brown hence his name 🙂 More extrovert than Charly Coffy wants to explore from the get go ! He’s pretty advanced for a a baby, though not in the same league as Spunky, let alone super babies like Spocky and Bocky !
He is going to be a handful for mum as he can’t wait to exercise his little arms and legs in earnest !
Oh yes he’s a bit clumsy though 🙂
DOB: 06/06/18 Mother: Sally Father: unknown Characteristics: Another baby with a darker coat he has Mickey’s look but not as cuddly as he’s quite lanky, with long arms and legs seemingly out of proportion with his body. The first thing that strikes you is that he seems very well endowed !
DOB: 06/06/18 Mother: Gaby Father: unknown Characteristics: Gingy is likely to be mum Gaby’s first born. Unlike most other babies born this year Gingy’s coat is more yellowish than auburn. He is one of the cutest babies born this year and he stands out with his puffy eyes 🙂 Confusion has arisen as he was once named as Puffy and his mum Peggy but I have finally settled with the names Gingy & Gaby as I think these two suit them better.
Mum Gaby is probably one of the older daughters of Haggy which makes Gingy a grandson of Haggy 🙂
DOB: 10/06/18 Mother: Gypsy Father: Taggy Characteristics: All Gyspy’s babies look just like her and Kneely is no exception ! In fact I think she’s like a miniature clone of Gypsy, even beating her brother Knitty in likeliness ! Finally getting a girl, Gypsy seems very pleased with it and so far she seems to dote on her new little girl more than she ever had done with Knitty and Knotty. She is holding onto Kneely so much that neither the two aunts Aunty and Shary has had a chance so far to help out. Perhaps Gypsy will take Kneely with her even on long foraging trips !
and I am pretty sure that Taggy is her dad !
DOB: 16/06/18 Mother: Tabby Father: unknown Characteristics: Tizzy is a real ginger ( oh yes, another one again ! ) and she looks very different from her brother Toby so I suspect they have different fathers too. What makes Tizzy stands out is that she loves to squeak and tweet to get her mother’s attention. I’ve never seen any baby who does it like her yet !
She’s a very sweet little baby and she’s a magnet for all the spinsters and unfortunate females who have been sterilized by the authority. Everyone just wants a slice of her !
Yes, we all love you Tizzy !
DOB: 20/06/18 Mother: Stacy Father: Unknown Characteristics: Another ginger again ! Brother of yearling Spotty he’s another rather elusive baby to film as mum evades human contact and I really haven’t been able to catch a proper video of him yet. Hopefully mum would chill out a bit more and cut baby Scotty some slack as time goes 🙂
DOB: 05/09/18 Mother: Haggy Father: unknown Characteristics: Another ginger sometimes I find it hard to tell her from the many gingers we have this season 🙂 Fortunately she has a very light coat which stands out and that should help !
She has a face if you closely inspect very much like that of Kneely so I suspect they are half-sisters to each other.
Like her brother Nony and sister Nibby before her she should do well with such a loving mother like Haggy.
She’s truly the last baby born this season and so for this season of 2018 we have a total of 13 new babies 🙂 Welcome to you all sweeties !
DOB: around 05/05/2017 Mother: Dolly, the popular girl always gets it first ! Father: no doubt it’s Grandee as he had been seen tending to him on several occasions to give mum Dolly a much needed break ! Characteristics: Spocky’s eyes are enormous, they’re some of he biggest I’ve seen so far ! His ears don’t stick out like his brother Baty’s but they aren’t far behind ! He has inherited Grandee’s prominent philtrum and notched upper lip too ! All in all he’s one good looking boy and you’d see that when he even’s still crinkled and wrinkled just a few days old !
Spocky could almost walk right away the day I first met him, a bit unsteady nonetheless impressive at his tender age of only about 48 hours ! He was curious too and was eager to wriggle free from mum to explore this exciting new world surrounding him !
His growth spurt came in early too he was big boned at birth but boys he really did beef up quickly and became a big boy. By 6 months old he’s almost as big as Dopey and could tackle him and win 50% of the time too ! He’s almost unmatched in his agility for his lots born in 2017, Spunky came second but the gap’s huge !
Stocky’s both the brain and the meat !
He must be special too as he’s among only a handful of babies that I saw paternal care happening ! Grandee absolutely loves him and you really could feel his adoration for his baby son ! I suspect he’s also Baty’s dad but not once did I witness that special chemistry between him and Baty !
Grandee: ” I love my son 🙂 “
He’s destined to become an alpha and it’s the first time that I could say for certain !
DOB: around 08/05/2017 Mother: Sally Father: no idea at all Characteristics: Spunky probably has long tailed macaque blood in her as her face resembles one – eyes closer together than other babies and a longer, slender face ! She’s almost an exact equal of Spocky in the agility department and she’s just as fearless too ! She was seen climbing tress and railings as soon as her mum wasn’t holding her. A determined girl and mum Sally really had a hard time to stop her from running away ! She’s nosy too and loves to explore and for some reasons she’s always attracted to hang around Bessy despite Bossy’s disapproval ! She did learn her lesson the hard way but she always came back to irk Bossy moments later !
I really don’t know much about her family except her mum Sally and sister Spanky had appeared in Dopey’s video once with the latter as the main antagonist 🙂 I do think nowadays Sally is probably one of Bossy’s older daughters which makes Spunky Bossy’s granddaughter and perhaps that’s why Spunky’s fascinated with her baby aunt early on !
Dopey vs Spanky, Spunky’s lil sister 🙂
Spunky’s life would have been unremarkable had it not been for the obsession of aunt Dy on her – whom I think is closely related to both Bossy and Sally ( perhaps another older daughter of Bossy – no wonder Bossy is so powerful, in keeping with her status as the matriarch ! ).
According to the literature rhesus macaques, unlike their relative long tailed have not been reported to kidnap but with Dy ( and to a lesser extent another female called Shary ) doing it on Spunky I think we could say kidnappings do occur with rhesus too but they are very rare – at least I hadn’t seen one with the babies born in 2016 at all ! ( Aggy was really only trying to aunt Dopey in my opinion ! )
Is Aggy really another kidnapper ?
Nevertheless Dy’s kidnappings have so far been pretty tame – they were more like long sessions of grooming Spunky against her will 🙂 Had it happened with other less strong-willed babies we probably would have thought nothing of it at all ! With Spunky always struggling to wriggle free from Dy’s grab things sometimes could go horribly wrong !
Was it an accident ?
Fortunately these ordeals for Spunky went as suddenly and mysteriously as they first appeared. Dy’s craving was really short-lived and her obsession on Spunky only lasted about a month or so. She hasn’t bothered Spunky since !
DOB: around 08/05/2017 Mother: Lucy, Lizzy’s oldest daughter Father: unknown Characteristics: Charly has the darkest coat of all the babies born in 2017, just like his uncle Mickey. It seems all babies from the Lizzy clan have really dark coat ! If you look closely Charly really takes after his mum and he’s really another cute-looking baby to be honest.
Too bad he’s actually very shy and the fact he’s almost always found glued to mum’s breasts ( until he’s almost a year old ) means there hasn’t been much footage of him doing adorable things like baby-walk or exploring his surroundings and the very few I have are invariably of him crying or demanding to be breastfed no matter he had only been seen to be momentarily off the milk bar seconds ago ! By no means though he’s been pulled back in his development he must have been playing and learning just as hard behind the scene as his development seems to have been just as normal as the other babies, at least physically 🙂
Unlike other babies who mingle with others his best pal seems to be his uncle Mickey and lately if he’s not suckling he’s seen wrestling with Mickey. And he’s grown big, just like his uncle !
The Lizzy clan churns out boys who are big but a bit dim so far ….
DOB: around 20/07/2017 Mother: Lizzy Father: unknown Characteristics: Milly inherits a similar darker coat like Charly’s and others’ in Lizzy’s clan. She never really wanders far away from mum at all and the only few times I’ve seen her I could only say for certain that’s Milly, Lizzy’s newest daughter by virtue of her association with mum. She looks a bit like Sally her big sister and I have yet to tell what her character is like – but one thing I’m sure is she loves Lizzy’s milk bar and at the time of writing she’s still nursing like a newborn.
The Lizzy clan is a close-knitted family and they keep to themselves – the only one member from them that we know any better is Mickey and that’s because he was more extrovert and enjoyed being Dopey’s sidekick when he was still a baby 🙂
DOB: 23/05/2017 Mother: Bossy Father: Cocky Characteristics: Bessy is Bossy Jr. reincarnated without her flair for mischief and fondness for twigs 🙂 And yes she doesn’t have the weird y-shaped crown parting of her hair nor the long face either – in other words Bessy is actually prettier than her deceased sister but yet we want to see Bossy Jr. in Bessy because we all sorely miss her. It’s kind of unfair to Bessy as we seem to ignore who she actually is, not a substitute….
Had Bossy Jr still been around she’d have loved her baby sister dearly and would have taught her one or two of her tricks 🙂 – I bet the two would really click. Sadly the early demise of Bossy Jr. had left such a sense of insecurity in Bossy’s heart she seemed to have changed in her approach to baby care. Gone was the free rein she had given to Bossy Jr. and in place was an iron grip – and literally so as she would grab her either by her tail, hand or foot at all times and never let her out of her sight 🙁 It seems she wouldn’t let her wander for a feet lest she ‘d disappear !
While most of her peers could explore freely by 2-3 months old Bessy was still held captive by her mum so much so Bessy’s developmental milestones were seemed to be delayed too ! Bossy didn’t even allow her older siblings to approach her let alone any other outsiders ! Babies who wandered close by would be reprimanded by Bossy right away – a smack and sometimes a toss, quite forcefully too ! Spunky did learn it the hard way but undeterred she kept on coming back until Bossy finally relented a bit 🙂 Kudos to Spunky and true to her name for her indomitable fearlessness ! Still she was awkward with her peers and didn’t really know what she was supposed to do when Bossy finally cut her some slack !
But she did eventually find her place and learn the necessary etiquettes quickly. It’s also about the same time when Bossy finally reverted back to her former self with a more conventional approach to baby care. I suspect that Bessy becoming a brat and a cry baby who couldn’t keep away from Bossy’s teats did play a large part and here also came Dy who seemed to have played a pivotal role in curbing Bessy’s bratty behaviour by ” kidnapping ” her and keeping her away from Bossy. Bossy certainly appreciated such breaks and was not in too much of a hurry to claim her baby back !
Bessy has come a long way to become who she is now. She’s not mischievous and feisty like Bossy Jr. but she is just as courageous and independent and certainly lives up to Bossy’s expectation to become an heir to the matriarch throne !
DOB: 26/05/2017 Mother: Lancy Father: unknown Characteristics: Larry has a bright auburn coat just like Spocky’s and the two have very similar facial features so much so I have often suspected that they might have the same father i.e. Grandee but not once had I observed the same attentions that Grandee has yet to showered Larry with like he had done with Spocky so perhaps they aren’t half-brothers.
Larry is inquisitive by nature and I still remember vividly how he wanted to squirm free from mum to come to look at my camera on several occasions- but Lancy just simply wouldn’t allow it and as soon as he even had made the slightest move she would go grab him and run. She seems to be over-protective and I wonder whether it’d be due to the loss of her girl Lanly last year….
But things seem to have got better lately and Larry is seen often playing with other babies in the trees ! As I only get to see Lancy and her family fleetingly each time I visit and sometimes not at all Larry’d remain one of the lesser known babies to me 🙁
DOB: 12/06/2017 Mother: Stacey Father: unknown Characteristics: Spotty is easy to recognise – she has that prominent bald spot on her forehead the day she was born and thankfully that spot has stayed with her ever since. It might have filled up with a bit more hair now but for some reason that circular tuft of hair has a lighter colour and that really makes her stand out !
Stacey seems to be very confident with Spotty and let her run amok as soon as she’s steady with her legs ! I’d have thought being her first born she’d be more careful with her baby ! Anyway I don’t see much of her because she’s a truly wild girl and she’s always out playing or exploring on her own as mum is often seen by herself alone ! A testament to her adventurous nature was how early she sported scrapes on her forehead – she must have had quite a few tumbles out playing even at that tender age of only a month or so !
She’s best friend with Vivy and the two are often seen playing together ! Another tomboy Vivy and Spotty are made to be friends for life I think !
DOB: 24/06/2017 Mother: Tabby Father: unknown Characteristics: Toby is one of the cutest babies born in 2017. His big round eyes and round face seem to stay with him even when he’s nearly a year old now ! He’s also very well behaved too and not once had I seen anything bratty from him at all ! He doesn’t pester mum for extra nursing session and seemed to have weaned very well. Kudos to Tabby who’s also first time mum too !
He’s certainly popular
His mum Tabby is probably related to Gypsy – in fact I suspect she’s Gypsy’s oldest daughter as she seems to be taking a lot of interest in grooming Gypsy and keeping an eye on Knitty too ! It may also explain why Toby loves to hang around with Knitty, his baby uncle ! He certainly loves to play with Knitty and he seems to be a good influence on his uncle too – trying all the time to distract Knitty from getting to nurse and helping to save Knitty’s hair in the process !
I wish I could see him more often but he is meek and hides in the trees when he sees humans, a bit like Knotty his older uncle !
DOB: 28/07/2017 Mother: Haggy Father: unknown Characteristics: Nibby like his brother Nony has all inherited mum’s sad eyebrows 🙁 and in all likelihood her prominent high forehead too though it’s a bit too early to tell ! Big eyes, small face she actually turns out to be the best looking girl, prettier than Vivy and Bessy. I have high hope for her if there’s ever a Miss Monkey Hill contest !
Even though mum Haggy has a big family with quite a few grown-up daughters she never seems to be comfortable with the idea of delegating the job of looking after Nibby to them. She is very much a hands-on mum and you’d see how well Nibby has turned out to be.
Nibby doesn’t mingle as much like Vivy or Bessy with other girls in her year but she certainly is not socially awkward. I think just like the Lizzy and Lancy clans Haggy just likes to keep to themselves too and that must be something Nibby has also learnt.
Poor Nibby had the most horrible accident of the lot – just before she turned 7 months old she must have caught her arm on a barded wire or a very sharp tree branch in a fall and almost torn away completely the skin on her left arm in the process ! Poor girl didn’t wail nor made a fuss of it ! She’s just so stoic about it ! A testament to their resilience her big gaping wound healed almost completely within 10 days and if I hadn’t told you you wouldn’t even have noticed a scar there !
Libby is amazing !
DOB: 23/07/2017 Mother: Gypsy Father: The Interloper Characteristics: If monkeys could ever self-propagate by cutting a bit of themselves off and plant it like we could do with cacti I ‘m sure what we end up wouldn’t even come close like an exact replica here that we have with Gypsy and Knitty – my first thought as I laid my eyes on that lil wrinkled thing was : ” Has Gypsy been time travelling – she’s holding her baby-self there ! ”
It came a bit of a surprise as his father the infamous Interloper ( yeah that one who swaggered in one day and stole Reddy’s heart last year ) didn’t look like he carries genes that would smothered in silence ! Gypsy must have super strong genes that trump everything !
But appearance could be deceptive so we’ve learnt. Knitty might not have inherited his father’s striking features ( don’t discount the sudden surge of male hormone yet as we all know what puberty could do to a boy’s appearance ) he has at least his strong-will and boldness. I had thought that we would be witnessing history of his brother Knotty replaying itself again but no it didn’t happen – Knitty is no timid little boy he demands and would never give up until his wish is granted – and in this case unrestricted access to Gypsy’s milk bar and attentions and oddly enough he has succeeded so far 80% of the times ( and I suspect that the better food provision in 2017 also played a part in her apparent change of heart ). Gypsy has found her match and Knitty has so far rewritten the script in Gypsy’s book – let’s hope it’s permanent for I can’t stomach another Knotty story ever again !
But everything comes with a price – Knitty has to repay her milk with his hair. It’s kind of funny to gauge Knitty’s milk intake and frequency by how big and new he sports his bald patches on his scalp 🙂 Gypsy’s the only monkey with trichotillomania that I know of and her pica for hair means her stomach must be able to digest trichobezoar or else she would have been dead from gastric outlet obstruction years ago !
but everything comes with a price….
Knitty might not be a pretty boy but I have found myself drawn to him more and more. The Gypsy boys are all special in their own way 🙂
Let’s hope Gypsy has changed forever….
DOB: 23/07/2017 Mother:Ridgy Father: Grandee Characteristics: Vivy has really strong facial features and her eyes are dark and piercing too ! She has inherited her mother’s prominent eyebrows and Grandee’s deep philtrum and notched upper lip too. She’s a unique look to her but she’s still a looker !
She’s born about the same time as Knitty and as such she seems to have a special bond with Knitty and she’s often seen trying to comfort him when he’s upset that mum’s milk bar isn’t open to him again ( but of course he always manages to get it open for him eventually, time after time ! )
and she really cares about Knitty !
I hadn’t realised she’s also Grandee’s daughter until I saw him shower her with the same love and attention like he did with Spocky on at least two occasions – I have since drawn this logical conclusion that Grandee knows who his kids are and he ‘d seek them out to help with the chores – like babysitting to give their mum a well earned break !
She must have inherited the same good genes from Grandee just like Spocky had – she’s as advanced as Spocky and no less as at home with trees and other acrobatic feats ! Extrovert like Spocky she has many playmates – in fact all girls in her year look up to her, including Bessy too !
She’s a very likeable girl and I bet she would be a good sister too ! We’ll find out as mum Ridgy is expecting soon !
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