Rain, Rain, Go Away
26th September 2016
Again, a few nice breaks in the weather recently, meant a brief return to the pool and the joys of swimming for many of the monkeys. See Tom’s latest video on the diving contests! What are hopefully the last rains of the season have now returned in force, turning everything to mud again, but at least the end must be now in sight.
The big Ganesh festival is also now over. This always means a shortage of staff here, as they dash in to work just to do the essentials, before returning home to prepare their feasts and entertainments for relatives and families. This mass Indian holiday also results in a shortage of available food for the monkeys, as the fruit pickers, shippers and sellers also take time off. A big shortage of bananas, one of the monkey’s favorites as a result, and some not amused looks from our residents as we offered them cauliflower leaves instead. But with the return to the wholesalers of the banana trucks on mass, more bananas than even we could use on the next few trips.
Our monkey’s fridge, which is used to full capacity, to lengthen the life of their fruit and veg finally collapsed and died of a failed compressor. It had been donated by a local large electrical goods store, Shetye Sales, several years ago. In this climate it is really essential to keep food fresh. Faced with a massive bill for even second hand household goods here, we approached Mr Shetye again, he does cattle rescue himself from his home, and he came up trumps again for us, and a large and still quite posh silver fridge promptly arrived, many thanks again.
Only one call out recently, when someone reported some Indian itinerant travelers trying to sell a baby monkey in the local market. Unfortunately ,it had already been sold on when we went to investigate and they were all gone .I still get frequent requests over the PTI web site from Indians wanting me to” sell them a baby monkey please”, despite all they can read there on the sad outcome of this. They are still in demand as “pets” when tiny, although it is of course an illegal trade. This one will undoubtedly end up on a chain or in a small cage after a few weeks, or even days, of poo everywhere and home destruction.
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