The Monsoon Returns
6th October 2013
Snatch and his troop had a big fright one morning when a rat snake got into there pen, everyone heard the alarm call and went dashing to find the problem, a 6 foot snake. The monkeys know to stay clear and were horrified when we went in to catch it, as if we were stupid not to understand, keep away! It was released back in the garden as they are not venomous and keep down the rodents. Another giant snake arrived one evening from a local house, this time a big python that had somehow got indoors. Not having anything big enough to put it in, being much too big for a cat basket, I had to put it in the cat's room, where they eat and sleep, in an empty cage. The cats were naturally terrified of it and all refused to go in the room at all, till I could get it released safely some 2 days later.
Much to the amusement of the members of the group he was with, John was talking to the monkeys up in the tree's, they are no longer that frightened of people, this group having been protected here for some time. John was chatting away to one young female who was listening intently, when to every ones surprise she came down the tree and took his outstretched hand and just held hands with him for some minutes! We always find it difficult to get the local staff to talk to the animals they are handling, whether cats, dogs or cows, yet the sound of a sympathetic human voice can make all the difference, as this event surely proves.
At the local market, where we have provided cages for dumped animals, an incident that still makes me both angry and depressed. Pedigree animals are the "must have" thing here now, as more people have money to spend and the T.V adverts and film stars are only shown with fancy pedigree dogs. Although pedigree puppies cost many months wages even for the few who are well off, it doesn't off course mean they get good care. At the cages on my arrival were a group of people arguing and squabbling over a small dog which they had removed from the cage. I immediately took it from them of course, to find it was a small bitch pug. The reason she had been dumped was very clear as she had very bad mange,
Being a small pedigree she is not in the least "street smart" and now she is at last safe to mix with the other animals, seems to have no conception of what the monkeys would like to do to her! I am hoping when she is finally finished with her 2 injections, 1 lotion, 2 baths, tablets and supplements daily and has been spayed, we will be able to find her a home with someone who is offering just to give a good home to ANY rescued dog that is in need.
Bunty, the little rescue dog from the cage is settling in well and follows John around like a shadow. She still doesn't like women and unfortunately is now brave enough to yap shrilly at them, hopefully this stage will pass.
Lovely photo of John and the Langur. But,so sad that the poor Pug had such an awful time before you got to rescue her.As always,you are doing a wonderful job!And you know,it is really nice to be able to click onto your blog, and catch up on the latest story of events out there in India. Best wishes to you,John, all the staff,and volunteers.