Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Crash, bang, wallop.

Last Friday we suffered a storm here at Cañaote with winds gusting at 25 miles per hour. Our metal roofs were bent back and then slammed forward with a noise like a rifle shot. The trees surrounding our compound swayed dangerously and many heavy boughs came crashing down. The following morning we discovered that one particular tree had thrown its bough across Sophie’s enclosure. There it left a gaping hole. Sophie was not in the enclosure. Instead she was in the trees above it. Firstly, she made her way to our house and then quickly to the enclosures of MonaLisa. She stayed near the house for the rest of the day. Towards evening she traveled across the farm to a tall Mammon tree where she stayed through the night. Next morning we went to encourage her to return to her house but she decided to go further into the forest. Sophie has been free before but always returned, by herself to her enclosure. This time she has not returned.
Sophie is in fine condition. She is muscular, with a beautiful shiny coat. She is in excellent health.
For those of you who have never visited our facility, you should know that it is situated in a heavily forested valley, alongside a small mountain. This is a natural habitat for Howler and Capuchin monkeys. There are hundreds of monkeys in the trees near this location.
Sophie will now seek a group to join. She will have no difficulty in finding a suitable family. We have long accustomed her to feeding on forest leaves and flowers. She will have no difficulty in finding food.
This is good news and bad. I am happy that she will go to find her own people. She was a local rescue and came from this area. I am sad that she is no longer with us. I have known her since she was a small 500 gram baby.

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