The unfolding story of Little Ramu, the orphan monkey.
He lost his mother when he was a week old. She’d been killed by a two-wheeler. Don’t know if you’ve seen how a mother monkey cares for her little ones. They carry them on their stomach wherever they go, holding them before they’re too young to hold on themselves. They’re just continually, without lapse, against the loving warmth of the mother’s tummy. And, all of a sudden, Ramu’s mother was gone… Someone brought him to the Shelter. Confused. Frightened. Not understanding.
Suguna cared for him. She became his mother. He stayed with her night and day. For the first week he got milk with Cerelac every ½ hour. Then for a month every hour, and then increasing to every three hours at the end of four months. From that point on he was slowly introduced to solid food…grapes, banana. etc.
At night for the first month she’d either hold him, or he slept in a basket right against her. I asked how she managed with so little sleep…”No problem, sir.”….Om Namah Shivaya.
We’re actually not allowed to have monkeys. They’re considered wildlife and we are not a wild life sanctuary. We could get into a lot of trouble. So we just take them in when they are in trouble. And release them as soon as we can. When sweet Ramu was around seven months, Vishwa tried releasing him. In order to do that they have to be adopted (if they are young) or accepted into an extended family, if they are older. Below is a video. He was probably still too attached to Suguna to respond to the females that came in close. Several did as you can see. But no one adopted him.
He’s now a year and a half. He’s kept with other adult monkeys in a large circular cage. He sees Suguna a few times a day but is no longer so attached to her. Soon Vishwa will release a group of them who have been encouraged to form an extended family in the Shelter. It will probably be a successful release.
In the meantime, our dear, dear Suguna with the enormous Heart has another baby she named Vali. This one lost his mom when he was two days old.
Say prayers for us. For them. For everyone.
And to you sweet creatures. We are so, so pleased we can help lift your suffering. We are here for you… always…With love…From Us.