Sunday, April 20, 2008
Chilin is a great name for a monkey.
Chilin came to live with us yesterday, Saturday the 19th of April 2008. Yes you are right, he does look sad in this picture. It was taken within hours of arriving here and like any small child he was confused and maybe a little alarmed. He is probably six months old. During the evening and the following day, he settled down quickly. One thing we noticed immediately, he has a voracious appetite. He is the second young monkey to come to us in the last fortnight.
Very young monkeys take a great deal of extra care. They need 24 hour attention. You can't put them in an enclosure with other monkeys. There is no guarantee that they would not be attacked. Finding a group in which they will be compatible is a sensitive job and has to be undertaken with care. There is no question yet of allowing them to share with others as they are both still being fed with a bottle. The logistics of separating them at feeding time are just too complicated. We have prepared an enclosure for Chilin and Eric, where they can interact and play for short but monitored periods. For two days now they have used this facility with success. They are always pleased to be brought back into our house for more human company. The call on our services seems to be growing. We have news of another adult male who may be brought here next weekend. We have also been asked about accommodating two adult Capuchins. Lord have mercy, your servant is hard pressed.
Posted by Philip Cordrey at 5:29 PM