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 !
Nibby ♀ ✝😢
DOB: 28/07/2017 DOD: Around the 2nd week of May, 2019. She has never been seen since….. 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 !
Nibby 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 !
It will soon be the time of the year again with new members arriving in droves in Monkey Hill.
Indeed the first baby will probably arrive in less than 4 weeks’ time but the baby boom won’t start until a month or so later between June and July.
My bet again this year is that Dolly will pop the first baby and I’m pretty sure that it will look like either Baty and Spocky again with those big bat ears !
All rhesus macaques are promiscuous and one would assume that a male which plays no part in the upbringing of his offspring would probably has minimum bonding with his babies – but I was pleasantly surprised to find one exception and that is Grandee, one of the co-dominant alphas in our gang who took time to care for his babies born last year – Spocky and Vivy on several occasions. He’s probably better than some human dads and put them to shame !
Grandee is just one exceptional alpha male !
It’s always difficult to know who a baby’s father is – except those of Grandee. This year I’m preety sure though that Taggy, one of the lesser alpha males is the father to Gypsy’s baby if she’s indeed pregnant ! For the others I think we’ll never know 🙂
It’s not just cruelty, it’s an affront to decency. Enslaving an animal to perform against its nature is already shameful enough but this plunge it to a new low .
Could you imagine the stress to the mother and its infant ? This is not a rare happening, it’s not freak and it’s actually a practice to prey on our heart. It’s an insult to motherhood.
Just a click away and you’ll be aghast at the horrid images of “ Topeng Monyet “ or Dancing Monkey in Indonesia. The practice has no cultural element in it at its present form as it is nowadays a largely unregulated commercial enterprise being run by gangs who rent out to street children, heavily indebted ( hence they work for free ) to perform the monkeys at traffic intersections or along the roadsides. Any money gained for the most part will be taken away by the gang. The kids will learn nothing useful for themselves and will never be able to extricate themselves from their debt, so in a way they are just as unfortunate as their monkeys, those who enslave are themselves slaves as well.
A grown-up monkey cannot be trained. To make a monkey stand upright and learn to perform humanly-like antics the trainer has to start with a baby monkey fresh – each one is ripped from its mother in the wild forest by the poachers and bought from the infamous animal market in Jakarta by the trainer. They are best to train between 7-8 months old for they are more or less developed with good muscles yet still pliable with their joints and ligaments. Nevertheless about half of them still perish during the training to make them walk upright, against their nature. Only successful monkeys could then be rented out but once they hit adulthood many of them will become too aggressive and uncooperative and have to be put down. Some may even end up in restaurants specializing in monkey cuisines. One way or the other their demises are ensured. As their working life is not long, the business relies on the availability of baby monkeys in the animal market to be trained constantly to replace those no longer able to perform. Thus it’s a all about supply and demand.
Seeing and experiencing enough cruelties themselves day in and day out I could imagine everyone involved in Topeng Monyet will more or less be despairing at humanity themselves. Cruelty begets more cruelty, it will never lead them out of poverty.
Thanks to the work of JAAN ( Jakarta Animal Aid Network ) this practice of Topeng Monyet has now been banned in Jakarta, the capital as well as in the provincial cities of Solo and Bandung. For instance, the city government of Jakarta launched raids back in 2013 to take and buy back all monkeys ( 90 USD for each confiscated ) used as street buskers and shelter them at a 2.5-acr preserve at Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo. This is a first step in the right direction. Topeng Monyet even if it is a cultural heritage has to be regulated and definitely not be left in the hands of gangs which think these monkeys are expendable commodity, not life.
Keeping monkeys as pets in Indonesia is not against the law and most Indonesians do know they make bad pets and are only cute for a few months – and above all it’s a 20-year commitment to say the least. Once they are no longer easy to keep and become unruly most are either abandoned or locked up in cages and never be looked upon as their dear babies ever again. As pets they are hard to sell ( hence they only sell at like 6 dollars each ) and it’s only people in the business of Topeng Monyet help keep the baby monkey trade afloat. Now that Topeng Monyet is banned I think this illegal trade won’t be able to sustain any longer.
But not indoor Topeng Monyet.
There are now individuals from Indonesia trying to parade their “ pet “ baby monkey on Youtube to make money. Some are even unscrupulous enough to spin sobbing tales about themselves all in the hope of bringing in unsuspecting viewers to ” aid ” them financially. One common ploy is to pretend that they have to sell their beloved pets as they are too poor to keep them any longer – but remember a monkey baby only costs about 6 dollars each in Indonesia and no one in the right frame of their mind there will buy it for more than that ( not at least a few thousand dollars in the States or other more affluent countries where the viewers come from ). After all wouldn’t it be easier that an interested local buyer get one themselves, cuter and younger and moreover not-yet-bonded with its keeper from the animal market ? If merely 6 dollars will keep the owner afloat financially I think they might as well sell the laptop or mobile that they have been using to upload their videos of their beloved “ pet “ they find hard to separate first. I’m pretty sure those gadgets will fetch them more money in ebay there.
The story just doesn’t add up if one examine logically but unfortunately there are still plenty of people fallen for it and give crooks there easy money.
If more people catch wind that they could make easy money by parading their baby monkeys on Youtube or other similar platforms I fear the market for baby macaques will ignite once again as there will be many copycats to follow the act. After all it’s a small investment ( 6 dollars for the baby and upkeep is pretty cheap at least for a baby ) that could potentially pull in money at least several hundred times over. And they are easy to get rid of once they expire in their cuteness department – remember those are indoor pets and whatever happen to them is up to its owner. No authority could have the resources nor manpower to prevent anything untoward to them. In the best scenario they may find a sanctuary where they could be released ….. but I can’t imagine what their fate is like in the hands of crooks who keep them solely for money.
Another new user name and another channel a brand new baby monkey will be paraded again every now and then for a few minutes in a video doing unnatural antics. An altogether new enterprise once again and the cycle will just continue.
There is only so much JAAN could do and it has taken them 5 years of hard work to finally bring some belated changes to the scene. They even have set up a sanctuary for these rehabilitated ex-Topeng-Monyet monkeys on an island.
But they are powerless against monkeys kept as pets.
Please don’t undo their hard work.
Don’t support any form of indoor Topeng Monyet from Indonesia.