Tiny Bush Babies Tic and Tac, Close To Death, Scream For Their Mother…But That Isn’t Who Shows Up

Every newborn baby instinctively reaches for something. And they cry when they don’t find it.

It’s not just food that a baby wants. Yet. The one thing that every baby needs is what they reach for instinctively. The emotional and physical touch of their mother.

If you’re a tiny baby in the African jungle, you need your mother for more than emotional support. You need them just to survive.

If you are not a monkey fancier or don’t live in Africa, you may have never heard of the Galagos. They are a tiny nocturnal primate. Their nickname is the “bush baby,” either because of their wide-eyed innocent appearance, or the sound of the cries they make.

Adorable little creatures, they are born with half-closed eyes so they require a mother’s full-time presence to care for them. They are pretty helpless for the first few days, and cannot feed themselves for a couple of months.

After a week or so, the mother begins carrying the infant in her mouth, placing it on branches as she feeds. Most have only one baby, but twins and triplets are not uncommon.

If you live and work in the African wild, you become well-acquainted with pretty much all species of animals that surround you. Knowing that the animals live nearby still doesn’t prepare you for when your lives intertwine sometimes.

Last month, a volunteer at Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage in Hoedspruit, South Africa, walked out of her home on the Daktari property and her life changed forever.

She found two bush babies — tiny, nocturnal primates — on the ground in front of her house. The babies were crying pitifully for their mother. They had no way of knowing that their mother would never return.

It wasn’t uncommon for her to see bushbabies around. A small troop of bushbabies lived in the trees near her home. Some of the more mischievous ones had even broken into her home occasionally.

But, this was the first time the volunteer had ever seen a bushbaby on the ground. Certainly, not any as tiny as these two which she estimated at about 2 weeks old.

She knew they were definitely not old enough to be out of the nest without their mother. She began looking about trying to figure out where the babies had come from.

The volunteer immediately contacted Michele Merrifield, co-founder of Daktari, who rushed over to help.

Source: The Dodo

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Bobbye Hudspeth

Written by Bobbye Hudspeth

Bobbye Hudspeth is a freelance writer living in a little cabin on a creek in North Alabama. She shares her mini-farm with two mini dachshunds, two cats and two fantail pigeons. She is involved in animal rescue and is currently writing a book on combining aerobics and yoga...in the pool.

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