How many of you remember this?
If you don't then the full story is here http://kolosworld.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/not-unique.html, it will fill you in on the details, but to cut a long story short this was the moment my person and I realised I was not the only baboon like me. In fact, we realised I was not even the only baboon like me on the island.
Tis baboon worried me because he looked as though he had never been hugged. He worked in the shop all day and lived there at night, and did not have a proper home. It was a shock to me that there were baboons who did not have homes and that is how the whole baboon re-homing programme started.
Anyway, back to the point. This baboon had an important job to do in the shop and could not come and live at Baboon HQ with us. It was suggested that he might be able to at some time in the future but I didn't really think that would ever happen. We left our phone number with the shop lady and hoped that one day we might hear from her, but we really didn't expect to.
Well, last Wednesday I was working on re-homing business at Baboon HQ and my phone bleeped to tell me that I had received a text message.
Imagine my surprise when I read the message and saw that it was from the shop lady, saying that he could come and live at Baboon HQ. I texted back saying that I was very happy and that I would ask my people to come and collect him on Saturday. The lady agreed and it was all systems go.
I still knew that I wouldn't believe he would come here until he arrived. Yesterday my people went to collect him. He had not seen much of the outside before, only Ventnor High Street, so he sat up eagerly looking out of the window all the way here.
When he arrived we stared at each other and we were both very nervous and shy. He has not see other baboons before and I was nervous because he was shy.
Well we are not identical as you can see but we are really the same family. He is much more plush than I am but that is because he has not been hugged like I have. I used to be plush like that.
Look at me here! I was really dark too. He may have been as dark as me but he has been sitting in a sunny window so he may be faded!
He was very shy and we are letting him settle in in his own good time.
He has only ever eaten bananas before. Baboons love bananas but we do like other food as well. This morning he tried raspberries and blueberries. I think he likes them.
Yes he is sitting exactly where I was sitting in the picture above!! He seemed to like the new food!
He may take a while to settle in, he has been working all this time and needs to find out about living with a family and other baboons. When he is more familiary with his new life we will have a Twitter event to welcome him, and maybe to raise some money for a baboon charity.
There is probably one question you are still asking! You probably want to know what his name is! Well, it is Edward! So please welcome Edward to Baboon HQ and I hope you will get to know him when he has settled in.