Daria survives and now Dana has another baby this time and it’s a boy – I called Dave and I think so far he has lived up to his name as one brave and healthy baby, probably a bit too spunky for his mum to handle and to make her job more demanding is that her daughter Daria seems to be away hanging around with her uncle Taggy in Bossy’s troop all the time she hardly does what most other yearling girls at her age do – that is, to help babysitting their younger baby siblings !
Meet baby Dave 🙂
Regardless, Dave so far has done very well – he is one cute-looking boy with a protruding umbilicus – or more precisely a paraumbilical hernia which in humans should regress over time and I suspect the same should happen with Dave too !
DOB: 17 April 2019 Mother: Pepper Father : Likely to be Leo
Pete is the first baby born to Löwina’s troop this year. He is also the first baby born to new mum Pepper too. Pepper has quite a fiery personality and she is obsessed with safely for her son. So far she has remained suspicious of everyone around her, even her own members from the same troop if they dare approach her baby son. She would lash out at anyone trying to get too close to him !
Pete is a lively little boy on the rare occasions when mum cut him some slack. I am pretty sure he is more capable than what his mum makes him appear to be…
Celessa is named in memory of her late sister Cessa who lived for only 2 months back in 2017. Cessa probably was one of the cutest girls that year and she stole a lot of our viewers’ hearts as her mum Nora wasn’t exactly very motherly towards her in the beginning 🙁 but she just disappeared when things began to look up for her, how sad 🙁
I was really overjoyed to see Nora has given birth to a girl this year and what’s even more ecstatic is that this little baby girl is almost a spitting image of Cessa – it’s like she has come back from heaven !
Celessa so far seems to be doing well with mum Nora. Perhaps after 3 kids, Nora, the young matriarch has settled down to her combined role as a leader and a mother well. She could be still a bit rough at times but that is nowhere near what she had done to Cessa. Hopefully she will keep it this way 🙂
Celessa’s first proper debut – the day I finally learnt she’s a girl !
Asher ( Ash ) is a miracle baby to her mother Sophia who was sterilized with laparoscoipic tubectomy back in 2016. I thought Ava, her girl born in summer 2016 would be her last baby ever but then nature has its way to stage a comeback and it was a pleasant surprise to me to find her nursing a baby out of the blue 3 years following a procedure that should have stripped her of fertility for life !
Ash, the miracle baby 🙂
Don’t let her mum’s overprotectiveness fool you, Ash is no milk bar addict – he is in fact a spunky little baby. He could accomplish more and a whole lot more than his age would suggest. He’s been seen climbing treetops at least 10 metres high at a tender age of 8 weeks ! I consider him to be one of the most advanced babies I’ve ever seen !
He certainly is one of the best, if not the best there !
DOB: 01 June 2019 Mother: Martha Father: unknown
I thought I met Martha for the very first time in late 2016 when I first laid eyes on Button, her baby born in 2016 who was probably one of the cutest babies in Monkey Hill. Little did I know that I had actually met her at least 3 years back, well before I began to turn filming the monkeys in Monkey Hill as a habit. The point is, not only Martha is a seasoned mum she’s already quite old and is teetering towards the end of her reproductive life as we speak now in 2019.
Her last baby Bobbin, born in 2017 disappeared around December that year and was presumed dead. She skipped a year in 2017 and just as I thought she would do so again this year she surprised me with Bobette. And what a pleasant surprise this lil baby is as she begins to look more and more like Bobbin each time I see her. It certainly feels like Bobbin has come back again 🙂
That’s how I met Bobette the first time 🙂
The first time I knew she’s a girl 🙂
Bobette so we have finally settled a name for you !
DOB: 14/04/19 Mother: Dolly Father : Likely to be Bleary
Most newborns usually arrive between the months May and June and a few in exceptional cases at the earliest by the end of April ( for your reference Bocky’s birthday is 27th April, that of Spocky is 5th May, Baty is also 5th May ) it is very unusual for a baby to come in the middle of April which would imply that Dolly was pregnant with Pucky before most of the males had even gone into heat ! Hallelujah !) My suspicion is that Pucky was born at least 10-14 days preterm that is he was a preemie ! he was never active like other newborns I have seen in the past, he was just nursing almost non-stop and never had I seen him for once showing much interest to his surroundings. In fact my very few brief glimpses of him left me with the impression that he wasn’t well at all. Pucky is Dolly’s sixth baby, and a boy again in a row and since her obstetric record probably began well before I arrived at the scene I suspect that Pucky could easily be her 9th or 10th baby and it is quite conceivable that she is beginning to run into trouble with each pregnancy at her advanced age. Let’s hope it’s nothing more serious than a preterm baby next time !
Pucky just wasn’t as alert and active….
But Dolly’s such a good patient mum she just let Pucky nurse almost continuously for at least the first 2 weeks of his life and was always seen carrying him wherever she went. He was never left alone and I think her sheer dedication had overcome the odds. After 2 weeks Pucky definitely has perked up and by the third week he’s almost like a normal baby, inquisitive, daring and is beginning to walk and run as we speak ! Well done Dolly !
But he’s steadily getting there….
I think by the 3rd week the odds are in his favour….
DOB: 01 May 2019 Mother: Litty, daughter of Lancy Father: Unknown
Born just over 2 weeks after Pucky, this baby girl is the second baby to be born to Bossy’s troop this year. Her mother is one of the older daughters of Lancy and that makes this baby girl possibly Lancy’s first grand daughter.
The first I met this baby 🙂
Just Like Lancy her daughter is a very private person and does not like the limelight at all. It’s been rather difficult to film much of her but when I do, I am always happily surprised by how cute this baby girl is ! She looks a bit like Gingy to be honest so I suspect they both have the same father. IT really is down to these three : Grandee, Bleary and Taggy ( baby was born in May so the conception date was sometime around December last year when Taggy hadn’t had the nip yet ! )
DOB: 19 May 2019 Mother: Lancy Father: Unknown
The third baby born this year and a welcome addition to the family of Lancy who had lost 2 babies in the last 3 years ( Lany in 2016 and Lacy in the beginning of 2019 ). Lancy is a very good and protective mum so it has come to me as a shock when she lost Lacy earlier this year as there was nothing untoward about Lacy that I could notice, a healthy and very sensible girl indeed. Lancy never allows her kids to chase passing vehicles for goodies nor does she trust humans enough to go and beg from them. It really is a mystery to me how Lacy had disappeared, perhaps a fall just like what killed her late sister Lanly ? Anyway I hope Lenny would fare better and grow to become like his brother Larry, a fit and strong boy !
DOB: 20 May 2019 Mother: Bossy Father: very likely to be Grandee ( just look at her upper lip 😛 )
The fifth baby born this season but she came as no surprise to me as her mother Bossy is the matriarch of the troop and is supposed to bear the troop a baby every year. She does however look very different from all her other siblings – Bucky, Bessy etc., as her father is now Grandee, the new alpha male who succeeded to the throne following Cocky’s disappearance last summer, presumably dead. So to Bucky etc., Bubby is their half-sister and she marks the beginning of Grandee’s reign.
I love Bubby’s face, Grandee’s genes seems to have amplified there – just look at her prominent philtrum and you will see the resemblance ! Will she grow up to look more like Grandee or Bossy ? We will just have to wait and see but I bet she will have a long snout just like Grandee when she grows up. She is going to bite and is going to be quite fearsome that is for sure !
Mum Bossy still keeps a tight rein on her little girl so far but I think she is letting up a bit. She really needs to get back to the confident mother she once was before Bossy Junior’s disappearance in early 2017 !
Bossy is going to find her match !
DOB: 30 May 2019 Mother: Gypsy Father: unknown
This is Gypsy’s fourth baby in a row and for a low-ranking member she’s doing exceptionally well so far swelling her ranks. Gypsy is truly one of the most prolific females there and seeing how she seems to be trying to make ends meet all the time I am not sure how she is physiologically possible to go into oestrous every year ! Even high ranking, well-nourished females like Ridgy, Stacy choose to skip a year from time to time !
Kailey’s first proper debut 🙂
Gypsy seems to be getting more loving since Kneely, her girl born last year. So far she doesn’t seem to be neglecting Kailey at all and is nursing her all the time. Let’s hope she will stay like this.
DOB: 01 June 2019 Mother: Lizzy Father: unknown
Lizzy took a year off and came back in June this year with a healthy boy. This baby boy seems like a spitting image of her older boy, Mickey born 3 years ago in 2016. I suspect these two boys have the same father too.
Lizzy is a very good mum and she never resorts to any aunts to babysit her babies. She is also quite indulgent and I remember her letting Milly nurse until she was nearly 2 years old. But her kids are never brats and I haven’t seen any of them throwing any tantrum so far. I think she just knows how to handle her kids well and her kids know where the line is drawn.
Mitty’s first proper debut with us 🙂
Mitty so far seems to have beaten his older brother in the motor skill department. This boys seems to be running the moment Lizzy sets his feet on ground !
DOB: 04 June 2019 Mother: Sally Father: very likely to be Grandee, just look at his mouth !
The moment I saw Scooby I knew he was Grandee’s baby. Not even Spocky, the unmistaken son of Grandee could beat him in the likeness department. With Cocky, the previous alpha male gone, Sally who once enjoyed a lot of perks as his most favoured female has lost a lot of her privileges since in the troop. She has been constantly bullied by Bossy’s family ever since Cocky had disappeared last summer. I suppose there was some deep-seated rivalry between the two as Bossy, being the matriarch could not tolerate a lower ranking female sharing Cocky’s attentions with her.
Sally has been lying low ever since and I guess she has realized her only way of staging a comeback is to become engaged with Grandee, the new alpha romantically. Bearing his baby is probably the easiest way to claw back some of her lost power in the troop. We will see whether her plan works though.
Scooby is just one funny-looking baby, he’s definitely not the cutest of all Sally’s kids but I think he is still adorable. What do you think ?
Scooby’s debut. He has his dad’s features, hasn’t he ?
Mother: Dana DOB: around 12/04/2018 Father: unknown
Dana’s two previous babies didn’t survive – Damien ( born in 2016 and spotted only once ) and another unnamed baby ( born in 2017 and seen so briefly that I never even knew whether it’s a boy or girl ). The family of Dana is still a mystery to me as she seems to have less allegiance with Ragtag than even Lubby has. She seems to come and go as she wishes and just like Lubby she must have a connection with Bossy’s troop as she’s tolerated over there to forage and feed alongside them, at least most of the time.
Dana’s story unraveled…
Daria’s older siblings that didn’t survive…..
The special relationship Dana has with Grandee…
Daria’s name was suggested by one of my viewers ( Picket Fence ) as the name carries a special story about a premature baby who finally made it in the neonatal ICU and so far the charm must have worked as not only is Daria alive and kicking as we speak she has pretty much been a bundle of energy since birth and she has been so advanced in every department that she has been wearing mum out ! So finally Dana’s baby seems to be thriving 🙂
Oh and welcome Daria….
and she’s going to be a catch !
Mother: Annie DOB: around 01/06/2018 father: Batman the alpha male
Another boy for Annie ! She must be desperate for an heir ! Oh well Annie is always a good mum and takes much protection of her babies so just like her older kids in the past I don’t really get to see Jeff very much to tell his story….
My first encounter with Jeff…
Jeff still have to go through the same ordeal just like any other babies 🙂
Mother: Lubby DOB: around 14/06/2018 Father: unknown
Another disappointment for Lubby as it’s another boy again so Lubby is not going to swell the ranks and improve her standing in either Ragtag or Bossy’s troop but what a remarkable boy he is – he’s not meek like Dubby and he’s more of a fighter than Dibby is. Lubby will certainly see a boy who will love her and come to her defence, someone who will stand by her all the time, that is until the day he has to leave the troop…..
Baby Dobby making his debut
Oh he’s a darling isn’t he ?
He surely resents troop rules…
And he fights alongside his brother…
But what he excels in Lubby’s not going to appreciate it very much when it comes to time of weaning. Dobby certainly let his feeling be known and is not going to let go of the milk bar quietly !
And he’s not going to let go of milk easily !
Mother: Alma DOB: around 15/06/2018 Father: likely to be Stumpy
Stumpy was the biggest surprise in 2018 – certainly it’s going to happen one day as I had seen him practice mating as early as early 2017 with a few older females but it was not until early June 2018 that I could tell with certainty that he was going to sire.
Stumpy grooming a heavily pregnant Alma…
And so Stumpy’s son was born and finally Stumpy has become a father. It’s a new chapter in life for him and what an accomplishment for him to begin life facing with so much hardship and got here at long last. He really earned it !
Many congratulations, Stumpy !
meet Stompy, son of Stumpy !
I have yet to see Stumpy showering love to his boy like Grandee from Bossy’s troop does but I think such behaviour is learnt over the years and Stumpy will do the same when he’s older and a lot mellower. Still I had caught him defending Stompy once so there is that palpable favouritism he has for Stompy over other babies in Batman’s troop !
Stumpy coming to Stompy’s defence !
Alma is a very high-ranking female ( I think she is second in command ) so Stompy should have a easy life to start with ! Nice move Stumpy !
Mother: Dama DOB: around 15/06/2018 Father: unknown
Sister to Dak, Dakota is the first female baby born to Ragtag troop since I’ve begun to take notice of them. Dakota seems to be a very advanced girl from the get go and I don’t really know too much of her as she’s always playing in the trees with her peers !
My first proper encounter with Dakota 🙂
and she just grows so fast !
Mother: Wibby DOB: around 15/06/2018 Father: unknown
Willy is an odd ball like her mum Wibby who both seem to be comfortable at home with either Bossy’s troop or with Ragtag troop, and more so than either Dana and Lubby. It seems that she must be related to some high-ranking individuals in both troops !
Indeed Wibby’s first appearance did cause some confusion as she was spotted with Bossy’s troop first and it was not until later that I realized that Willy and his mum actually belong to Ragtag troop ! Not only are they tolerated by Bossy’s troop Willy sometimes could be seen going about his own business alone in Bossy’s troop ! ( Wibby probably is socializing somewhere with her friends or relatives in Bossy’s troop though ! )
Who do they really belong to ?
I have to say the presence of Wibby and Willy has opened my eyes to the complex society in these rhesus macaques and just like us they do visit relatives and friends from time to time. How fascinating the population dynamics they have there !
Wibby is a visitor welcomed in Bossy’s troop !
Mother: TBC DOB: between end of May and early June Father: unknown
Dahlia is added to the list as an afterthought only since she wasn’t on my list of babies to follow to begin with but as she seems to be popping up in my videos too often enough to remain anonymous, the decision was reversed and so now we have Dahlia. Very little is known about her but she does look very similar to Dakota except the latter has a rounder and fuller face.
Mother: Dama DOB: around 30/05/2017 Father: unknown
Dak is so named because his coat was darker than that of Al when the two were spotted on the same day. Mum Dama is a low ranking female and is always bullied by Al’s mum, Alma.
Dak’s debut – fresh from the oven !
Dak playing with Dibby….
Dak has grown to become a very healthy juvenile and his darker coat still stays with him. He however has become very vocal and would honk at any passers-by for food 🙁 Fortunately he doesn’t chase after passing vehicles for it..
Mother: Alma DOB: around 30/05/2017 Father: unknown
Al got his name because he’s the fairer of the two boys ( himself and Dak ) born and spotted on the same day. Alma is the second-in-command to matriarch Annie and a very feisty one too. Before Stumpy was finally accepted as a member she would bully and chase him away, considering her slim and small frame she must be one hell of a fighter !
Al’s debut – also steaming hot from the oven !
Al at a bout 8 weeks old….
Al and his peers at around 9 months old….
Al inherits his high ranking from mum and is himself a little bully too. He has also picked up that habit of honking from Dak, and excels at doing it too !
Al has picked up a very bad and potentially dangerous habit….
Mother: Annie DOB: around 12/06/2017 Father: unknown
Jake is an advanced lil guy like his brother Jack and as such I don’t really get to see him that often as he’s always playing high up in the trees 🙂
Jake spotted at about 5 weeks old….
Jake does look like his older brother Jack too !
Mother: Lubby DOB: around 24/07/2017 Father: unknown
Dibby was surely the cutest babies in Annie’s troop that year. He was born with such a small face that made his eyes look disproportionally big in comparison. He was small and clumsy at first but he soon picked up and become sure-footed in no time. He was a curious little guy and was on his way to explore the world around him when he was no longer glued to the milk bar – and that didn’t take long either !
Dibby’s debut….he’s just so tiny !
But that didn’t stop him from exploring !
and he is not timid like Dubby !
He seems to be a little bully at times especially towards his bigger brother Dubby but then Dubby has always been a bit meek so he’s probably taking advantage of it only 🙂
But Dubby doesn’t mind a lil bully !
He is very attached to his mum so I feel sorry for him when he was left to his own devices when his brother Dobby was born. Fortunately he seems to have found a way to hang around with his mum and baby brother without getting the boot. It’s very heartwarming to see the three huddle together……
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.
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…
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 😂
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…
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…
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..
Mother: Lubby DOB: around 30/07/2016 Father: unknown
I love Dubby.
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…
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 🙂
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 !
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 🙁