Third Surviving Baby This Year
4th March 2014No sooner had we got Dixie and Silva settled in than another baby langur had to be rescued. At the same age as Silva of about a year, this little male came to our attention via our rescue center. He was bought in after being savaged by dogs, with many bite wounds. His owners had purchased him from someone for a pet, and paid Rs1,200 rupees (about 12 pounds) for him. How he got into the sellers hands we shall never know, they do not leave their mums sight till about 2 years of age. The new owners 'care program" for his wild baby monkey? To simply attach the 4 foot dog chain he came on, to the front of his house. It didn't take long for the local dogs to spot him in this exposed and vulnerable position, and when he was eventually bought to our vets for attention he was in a sorry state, not only from his wounds but of course traumatized and terrified.
John explained to them that not only was it illegal for them to keep him, but that he was totally unsuitable as a pet and could never have any acceptable life on a chain, or on his own. Despite telling them of our work and the better life he would have at our sanctuary, they insisted they were going to keep him, as they had after all paid good money for him. A government forestry officer was then called and immediately confiscated him, and passed him over to our care.
Both langur babies are still wary of humans, although they will accept food from the hand and even sit on us occasionally. Being basically a shy forest species and having spent much of their first year in the wild, they will never be as 'at home' with humans as Dixie, who is quite happy to jump on even a stranger here, and then remove their glasses or earrings if she can.
Preston is back at his diving displays and climbs to the top of the surrounding trees, then waits for an appreciative audience before flinging himself into space and a noisy splash down.