Update Ex-Dancing Monkeys: Rizky dates Susan!
First I want you all to know the success story of Kubil, our oldest monkey who has been introduced to the group of Husni. He is loving his new life and the group, and they are very happy with him too. The good thing of two males and 5 females in captivity is that they can both get attention from a male. He has interaction with all the macaques, but sometimes he is still a bit insecure about how to behave. They respect him and he has credits to make some mistakes. At night they al want to cuddle up to Husni or Kubil as they have the biggest body’s and the longest arms. It’s fantastic to see that after years of suffering, he is a happy monkey now.
Last week I told you about Oni, the difficult next door neighbour of group Husni.
We think Oni has a little personality disorder and we have not found a solution yet.
He can be very friendly towards us and other macaques but it can change in a split second in being very aggressive, and angry. He has good contact with Husni, grooming, smacking, what you need for good interaction but unfortunately he doesn’t know how to keep the atmosphere good. He also had a bit of a moody face always. His eyebrows are very low, and it looks like life is all a bit difficult for him. At the moment he is to aggressive to introduce him to another monkey, as he will attack immediately. We are working on a plan for mr. Difficult.
Then we have a monkey , called Rizky, who has now been nominated to give social behaviour classes for monkeys.
Remember Susan? The old, grey. painted monkey without any teeth? We tried to introduce her into the group of Nyong. She was not accepted and we had to take her away.
After she was back in her old cage, she had a new neighbour, Rizky. They immediately bonded through the fence and it looked like a love story had just started.
The next day I introduced them together and what I thought, Love at first sight.
The very unwanted Susan was immediately adopted by Rizky. He put her arms around her, and till today its like that. During the day they do their own things, but at least every hour they will meet for a little hug. They sleep cuddled up on a branch together and as Rizky is very long, with long legs and arms and lil Susan is just very tiny, she completely disappears in his body. It’s a beautiful seeing and it will learn Susan how to behave like a monkey, how to groom, how there are ranks in groups. Things she never learned before.
This week the group is extended with Rico and Ningsi who finished their quarantine time. Two very stressed monkeys showing a lot of stereotypical behaviour. Also these two insecure animals are fully accepted by Rizky and they are already doing much better in a couple of days. Rizky has a big hart and we hope he is able to learn many monkeys how to become a monkey again with his kindness and patience. We are very proud of him.