We’ve got a new pet!
He was our best kept secret…since we arrived back in Ghana we’ve told the kids there was a surprise coming.
And coming and coming…these things can take a while.
It nearly drove them bonkers not being able to guess. But when Max finally arrived, well, it was a such a surprise, that they were literally speechless. Have a look at those faces…
He is super cute, with his tiny old man’s face and hands. We’ve been spending the last few days very happily watching his antics, and gaining his trust. He is the sweetest time sump ever.
At present we have him on a light lead (so we can control him) and he is living on our enclosed verandah. The kids take him out each day and let him climb around in the trees and grass. We think he is a patas monkey, which are ground dwellers. He has clearly been hand reared, as we are able to pat him (but not pick him up yet), and he is very sociable, always wanting to be around us. As I write this, he is sitting on the top of the sofa, munching on a carrot; if we leave the room, he follows us.
I know there are a lot of moral concerns, which I share, about keeping a wild animal as a pet. And I am sure we will cross some challenging bridges as Max grows up. I know it’s easy to love a baby animal, and the road gets harder as they get older, and bigger and stronger.
But if we’re going to live in Africa, why not?
[I can hear the collective groan from everyone who has grown up around wild monkeys.]