Saturday, 28 January 2012

Valentine competition

OK I am sure you all guessed, but in case you didn't, baboons are not romantic animals.  However, I thought it would be fun to have a valentine's  baboon competition.  Please be aware that the prize is NOT  a date with a baboon, you really wouldn't want that, you may think you would but take it from me you wouldn't.

As always there are 3 first prizes.

  1. An adopted primate or owl from the Owl and Monkey haven near my home on the island
  2. A T-shirt of the colour of your choice from Kaninchenretterin to help our dear friend Miriam with the work she does to rescue rabbits
  3. The chance to rehome this lovely Jellicat baboon.

He is an unusual baboon and a great addition to any household, just like all baboons!

Anyone can enter the competition.  It doesn't matter whether you have won before, or if your particular charity is benefitting from the prizes, none of those things disqualify you.  That includes you Miriam!!!  The only thing that would disqualify you would be living in the same house as me and that only applies to @Leroy_Sealion and he does the draw so he wouldn't enter anyway.
  1. Leave a comment on this blog saying that you wish to enter.
  2. Send me a DM to @Kolo_Martin on Twitter. If you find I do not follow you please send me a message so you can DM me.
  3. For my friends on Can Be Social, if you are not on Twitter please leave a message on my CBS wall.
If there is a particular prize you do or don't want or one you would prefer you can say because I can get Leroy to do three separate draws (that would keep him busy for ever)!!

I don't ask my dear anipals to do anything to enter the competition as I could never judge between their entries. Please enter just be sending me a message in one of the ways listed above.

The competition will be drawn on Valentine's  Day at 2 pm GMT and the winners will be announced and contacted via this blog, Twitter or Can Be Social.

Good luck and please enter.

Have a lovely Valentines day.

Please look out for my adopt a wild baboon competition in the lastest edition of Fauguex out on 1 Feb.

Lots of love and HUGS HUGS HUGS from Kolo

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Spreading baboon love

Everyone knows that I like to help animal charities and make sure that all our flesh and blood anipals are well cared for.  However, I do have another interest as well, since I met my brother on the island, th eone that does not have a proper home and works in a shop.

I expect you remember him I blogged about him before. When I met him I realised that not all baboons have a loving home like mine.  Now I believe that

Every babon needs a home
Every home needs a baboon

I hope my friends won't mind me using their pictures, I wouldn't normally do this but I wanted to show how well the baboons are doing in their new homes.

So I set about making sure that as many baboons as I could help would have loving homes.  Now we couldn't keep all of them here so I have been matching up baboons who were camping out on eBay to homes where they would have friends to play with who had the same interests as them.  I am glad to say that this has been very successful.  The main purpose of rehoming stuffed baboons is to spread the baboon love to friends who we think will be made happy by having a baboon at home.

The first two baboons I rehomed were a mad Arsenal fan, Tony, who also wanted to learn more about US sports.  Obviously I felt the right home for him was with our pal @marshallsheldon.  You can see how well he is doing in his new home!

At the same time I met Hugo who loves cooking and trying new food.  It wasn't difficult to decide who he should go to live with, no other than @zackrabbit.  He has settled in so well that Zack allowed him to appear on his cooking show last night where they made banana muffins.

He looks right at home to be mashing those bananas with Zack, see the cheeky monkeys snaffling bananas there.  To see more of Zack's show with Hugo helping in his lovely Canadian shirt see:

Zack's show is always worth watching and anything with bananas is great.  Baboons with kitchen machinery unnerved me slightly but hey Hugo is a clever baboon.

Another baboon arrived at the rehoming centre, an older baboon called Bradley, he has slightly bad hips and, unlike the other rehomed baboons, has had a home before.  We decided to keep him here at the rehoming centre as one of the family and he has fitted in well.

Here he is with two other rehomed baboons, Archie who was sent to us by @jazzydacat and has settled in well and little Arnie who we rehomed from eBay he has had a home before as well.

I carried on matching baboons to friends and along came Monty.  Monty likes gardening, growing things, cooking and meeting friends, well who better than @MrsFiddlesticks and @Tim_Kirby for Monty to live with?  Monty has settled in so well he is a bit of  a poster boy for the rehoming centre.  He is a true house baboon, organising the housework so MrsFiddlesticks can pursue other things.  Of course she still works very hard but I think she has found Monty very helpful and I know MrsFiddlesticks agrees with me that every home should have a baboon.

Here is Monty helping Tim Kirby put the Christmas decorations up.  Monty wrote to me saying what a lovely Christmas he had and how happy he is living with his new family.

At the same time as meeting Monty I met Marco.  Marco is interesting in art and fabrics especially silk so quite obviously he was the right baboon to go and live with our dear friend @pasikas.  By coincidence @mogsbear won the priviledge of rehoming a baboon in the Christmas contest so Marco was soon joined by Paco.  They got together for great new year celebration (as they are in Scotland that is hogmonay.  You can see what fun they had in this picture.  Paco is the one in the hat.

They look right at home to me!

Another rehomed baboon is Lukas, he is interested in German football and supports Koln (Cologne).  He chose his name Lukas after the hotshot Koln striker Lukas Podolski.  He went to live with @fuzzyFreya in Koln and soon became very friendly with Poldi the Leipzig lion who was meant to be the mascot for the 2012 olympics in Leipzig (oh dear London got the games).  I think Poldi would have been a very good olympic mascot but it was not to be.  Lukas and Poldi are great friends now and do a look of cake making.

Don't you just love Lukas's outfit that hat is awesome!

Finally, for now, @Bijntje won the new year competition and got to rehome a baby baboon.  I don't know what his name is yet but I am sure they will settle in well with Bijntje and get to watch lots of Grey's Anatomy episodes and visit Seattle!

So even though our troup at home is complete we are all working hard to make sure baboons get loving homes.

The rehoming centre has six staff now and working flat out to rehome as many baboons as possible and we all thank you for taking in baboons and making them happy.  One baboon has just arrived to be rehomed with @kyba (Huntyr) and more baboons will no doubt be rehomed with friends.  So watch out a baboon could turn up at your door one day, they will have been carefully matched to you and I am sure you will be happy.  Remember every baboon needs a home, every home needs a baboon.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Competititon results part 2

Happy new year everyone.  It is time for me to announce the competition winners for my new year competition.  As always I wish everyone could win so I am always a bit sad when it comes to doing the draw and announcing the winners.  All the winners will also be contacted via Twitter as well.  Here they are.

The first number to be generated was number 39 which is @yayStella, who wins a monkey or owl adoption from the haven on Kolo Island.  Stella please go to the website and choose your monkey or owl.  Then DM me the monkey or owl you would like and confirm where you would like your adoption papers to be sent to.

The second number to come out was number 26 which is Arf (@MonkeysBrother.  Arf has won the rabbit T-shirt.  Arf I know you don't speak German (or perhaps you do I shouldn't assume) but please go to the website and look the styles, sizes and colours and let me know what you would like and DM me with colour, size and style and confirm where you would like it to be sent to.

The third number to come out was 33 which is Bijntje.  Bijntje will win the baboon prize.  More about that later.  Bijntje I will post it on Saturday, hope that is OK, the post office here is closed till Tuesday and that is when my person goes back to work.  Please DM me and confirm where you would like it sent.

I am sorry to everyone else, but I have two more competitions planned in the near future.  On 1 February I will be announcing my Valentine's competition to be drawn on Valentine's day and I will also talk to Snuffy about including a prize in the next edition of Fauguex.

I just wish everyone a happy new year and a great 2012 and hope you will all enter my future competitions.

Thank your for entering this one and good luck next time.