Yesterday somebody asked me how many baboons had been re-homed so far. I was not sure but I keep an adoption book here at baboon HQ so I counted up and, including two who are travelling right now, there have been 29 re-homings so far. There are also two baboons who are ready to leave as soon as I can get boxes for them and some more going through hugging school at the moment.
I had hoped the baboons would be helpful around the house and make people happy, as well as getting loving homes for themselves. As you know I always say:
Every home needs a baboon
Every baboon needs a home
Well it seems to be working and my friends seem to be very happy with their baboons and the baboons seem to be very happy with them. That makes me very happy too. I don't think people know how baboons can spread happiness.
There have been so many re-homings lately and such a demand for baboons that I couldn't possibly show photos of all of them in their new homes or I would put you all to sleep, but here are a couple.
Thierry vanPersie Baboon is making himself useful around the house by making that great favourite of baboon dishes, pizza. He has obviously settled in well.
Boise Baboon who lives with our dear Dusty and Hurley was so keen to meet them that he grabbed some scissors before he was packed up so that he could cut his own way out. Dusty looks totally unperturbed by a baboon cutting his way out of a parcel, I guess therapy dogs are more resillient than most.
Ryhlan has been making himself very much at home, look banana pizza I'm not sure if its the one Thierry vanPersie Baboon was making but it looks yummy!
Dear little Petie Baboon arrived just in time to deliver some much needed hugs to Lily after our dear @PetietheCat went OTRB. I think all baboons are honoured by the fact that she was named after dear Petie and delivered such much needed comfort.
I wish I could show more pictures but there are so many.
I thought I would show you all what your baboons go through in hugging school before they get to you. Ryhlan is a very outgoing baboon and he was happy to have his classes photographed.
Here he is being shown how to give a hug to an anipal of similar size to him. One of the instructors is giving instruction while another watches to see he is doing it properly.
Before they can graduate from hugging school they must show that they can hug a delicate friend without damaging them. This can be very useful for baboons because we are not always the most delicate animals. Our dear little 80 year old bear Frederick bravely lets them practice on him.
He has never been damaged.
Of course the final thing in hugging school is their goodbye hug from me. This is always a bitter sweet occasion for me. I love the baboons to go to loving homes and take happiness and hugs with them but I am always sad to say goodbye.
No pictures of that because I don't think seeing me with tears in my eyes is very good for my image.
Well I know that everyone wants to know which baboons came top of their hugging class. Well the answer is that they all did. I have only ever sent out baboons who are great huggers and have a lot of lvoe to give. The instructors in the school are unrehomable but are still excellent huggers and teachers.
I have an idea about the unrehomable instructors. They can't sing, they can't dance, of course they must be a boy band! Wait for the news of a new boy band hitting the headlines, Baboonarama!