Noise And Destruction
26th October 2017
The local and large troop of wild langurs has been causing us many problems lately. This is because a new young male has succeeded in a takeover, this happens about every 4 years or so, but he is still intent on showing off and proving himself worthy of this status to his new females, and has chosen the format of bullying our rescues as proof of his superiority.
A different, but no less difficult aspect of life in rural India recently, with the Hindu holidays coming in quick succession. The two weeks of Ganesh celebrations are shortly followed by Divali, this means extra time off for all the staff, and a bit of a struggle to get all the work done for the monkeys. Added to this and the amplified chanting and music, are the endless fireworks let off almost every night, and starting again some days at 2 am! These are not pretty, civilized, sparkling things, but in most cases, thunder bombs of enormous size and power, rattling windows, and your teeth, by the sheer volume of noise. Our dogs shake with fear and hide under the bed, even the monkey troops, who usually sleep peacefully at least at night, can be heard crashing and whooping in the jungle in reaction. You would have thought that being born and raised in India with this, that the animals would take it in their stride, but at this time of year, lots of the Indians house dogs go missing, and I have already been asked by several locals if I have seen their dog, the rescue centers get many visits for missing pets, but a connection to the fireworks is rarely made it seems!
The only local species that seems immune is the children, and I have seen even toddlers setting off these giant explosions with glee, although with seemingly no safety rules or restrictions on their sale or use, and the relative cheapness of purchase, I am sure the hospital emergency rooms must be super busy.
Matilda is still mainly on her own since the loss of Butch, but seems unbothered by this. She has feuds on going with several other females here she could join, and made it pretty clear she thought Butch a bit of a bully, but hopefully when I have more volunteer monkey handlers to help, we can find her a companion she will tolerate.
The last big rains of the monsoon left even our hill top garden flooded, so much so, I spotted wild terrapins playing in the puddles!
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