Toy Appeal For Monkeys
15th August 2017
I am sure that's got smaller?
I am still getting almost weekly emails from within the Indian population, who see us on the web, and contact us to supply them with a baby monkey as a pet. It is hard to be polite sometimes, and I can’t imagine how they can think we would do such a thing, after reading of the trauma suffered by our ex pet rescues. This latest requester, even knows it is against the law here, and that you do need a rarely issued license, but asks I give him one anyway!
Message : I want to pet langoor but without license how I can pet pls help me
Reply….The reason you need a license is to stop people trying to keep a wild monkey in captivity for their amusement, and cruelly causing the animal suffering. Monkeys belong with their families, in the wild, not chained or caged up in isolation, for your entertainment. Even our large pens are not big enough for them, so how do you think you could provide anywhere near their requirements? we would NEVER keep one in captivity that could go back to the wild, we would never keep one in isolation. Please watch some wild life programs on TV, and try and understand their lives, and what they need, and if you really like monkeys, volunteer to help your nearest rescue group with their work, rather than becoming a cruelty case yourself. Jo Hicks
On the occasionally sunny day, the monkeys are happy to get back in the pool for exercise, Kochi seemed surprised I think, that his manhood had shrunk somewhat in the colder water!
A nice big tree came partially down in the winds, so we sent Pavan up to get some branches for the monkeys, which they all enjoyed. Most of the local trees are of species that the monkeys don’t eat, but this was always a popular one with the local wild langur troop, and had probably only survived as it was on our boundary, and so was not so easily accessible to them.
Without John, no more trips to the UK to source car boot sales and charity shops for “monkey” toys, a dire shortage in supply is now our problem. Of course the local shops and markets sell the same sort of toys, but with no BRITISH SAFETY STANDARD in place, they are made of the thinnest and very brittle plastics, and are very soon crunched up by our monkeys. If you are coming to Goa, or know someone who is, any sturdy plastic baby toys from rattles upwards, or even rubber dog balls and toys, would be gratefully received. We also have regular UK volunteers who may be able to bring them over for you. Thank You.
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