Bush Drums July 2003

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Bush Drums July 2003

Shamba Raiders

Earlier this year a group of 5 Sykes Monkeys from the Animal Orphanage were taken high into the Mount Kenya forest for release.

The group consisted of one dominant male, one young immature male, and three young females. They knew each other well and had shared quarters. When they were ready for release with the previous group, the oldest of the females gave birth. We kept her and the baby behind with her small group until the baby was old enough to take the stress of adjustment to life in the wild.

In May we had an unusual visit. A huge group of approximately 50 Sykes Monkeys of all sizes visited our gardens where we grow animal foods. They spent most of the day eating vegetables raised for their 3 relatives left behind. We finally “persuaded” them to go back into the forest. However one young fellow stayed behind. We called the animal Orphanage keepers and sure enough, he was recognized as one ex-inmate!! He hung around for a while and then left during the night.

Could it be that the newly released group communicated to the wild troupe where to get “free” food? What if they continue to come back to raid the gardens and take up residence in this monkey-supermarket?

Not so! It is now 6 weeks since the monkeys AGM here, and we have seen no sign of them. Nature obviously held better things in store for them.

Update on Omweri

Remember “Omweri” the 14 ft python, harbinger of good fortune, that became a welcome guest?

During the heavier than usual rains there, fear was rife that the snake and its eggs might be swept away.

The latest news from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Okumu is, at least for them, a joyful announcement.

Sofar she hatched out 30 of her 50 eggs sparking celebrations among many of the residents.

Once again the snake experts have warned that Omweri might turn wild after getting her brood and Kenya Wildlife Service Officials are standing by. As yet the serpent has proved them wrong. Residents have appealed to the government to start constructing a decent park where Omweri and her 30 or more offspring can live so they do not suffer.

After all, they pointed out that it was the presence of the snake that averted drought and resulted in these good rains.

Multiply that “good luck” by thirty or more, why, the whole area should prosper. Later, the good neighbors could export the offspring of the snake to other needy areas and “Bingo” – Africa wins again!

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