Everyone who knows me knows that this is me, Kolo Martin. I don't know about you but I have never seen a boy who looks like me before and neither have my people. So imagine our amazement when we were walking through another town on our island last Friday and saw this.
I knew I wasn't really the only baboon like me around, they must have made more, but I did think I was probably the only one on our island.
My person was quite emotional when she saw him, it was quite a shock. My people were not looking for another baboon and neither was I but we did feel that we needed to find out whether he needed a home, we couldn't leave him there if he did but we tried not to get our hopes up.
The shop was closed and we rang the number in the window for several days. Today finally the shop was open and we spoke to the lady who owns it. She told us that he has a responsible job in the shop and she needs him there. We were a little disappointed but we did understand. We asked her if she would let us know if she changed her mind and she said that another lady was interested in him too but if she no longer wanted him she would let us know as she would be clearing out the shop in the next 18 months. She did tell us he was very popular and lots of people wanted to buy him but she had said no to all of them.
Well we had to accept that and you know our friend Henry (@Henryandfriends from Twitter) would say it will happen if it is meant to be. We will wave to him and say hello when we pass the shop and when the day comes that they close down we might be lucky but if not we will know that he will go to a home where he is really wanted, so although we are a bit sad we are happy for him he has a job he likes now and when he finishes he will go to a loving home like mine.
I learnt a few things too. I learnt that I'm not the only baboon on the island, that feels a little but funny but also quite nice in a way and also that not all baboons are the same even if they look similar. This baboon has responsibilities whereas I live in a place where everything is done for me and I am cuddled a lot. I hope this baboon also gets cuddles when he gets to his new home, he looks as though he has not been handled much yet. I learnt that sometimes you can't get what you want and you have to wait and still maybe not get it. I also learned that my people love me so much that they were willing to go to lots of trouble to find out whether a boy like me needed help.
We are sad and a little disappointed but we understand and know that this baboon will also have a loving home one day even if it is not with us in the meantime he has a job he likes. I am happy that we did go to some trouble to find out about him and if we ever saw another boy like me we would do the same thing again to make sure he was OK.