🐾 Maybe the reason I love animals so much, is because the only time they have broken my heart is when theirs has stopped beating.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Pippin, the Bushbaby

W&N watercolour in my Moleskine Nature Journal

This is Pippin, whom I was lucky enough to have in my life for a few weeks after I rescued him from children who were stoning him, as a result of which he lost the use of his left eye. After nursing him back to health, he spent a couple of weeks living in my indoor garden in my lounge, often bounding onto my shoulder for a snack. When I was satisfied that he had fully recovered, I released him in the thickets on the banks of the Magalies River, which was in the vicinity where I had found him. I just hoped and prayed that he had learnt a lesson about people and would stay out of reach of the children ...

Galagos, also known as bushbabies, bush babies or nagapies (meaning "little night monkeys" in Afrikaans), are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa and
are almost exclusively seen only at night.

I did this sketch from a photograph I took of him, as he NEVER sits still long enough to be able to sketch him!


  1. Pippin was very fortunate to find a caring human Maree. Great the story had a happy ending.

  2. Thank you John, and I regard myself as the fortunate one to have spent some time with him. And I also do like to believe that he lived happily ever after! Thanks for stopping by, really appreciate that!

  3. You are a savior, Maree! I'd have stoned the kids... How blessed both of you are :)

  4. Maree, Pippin was indeed a very lucky bushbaby when he met you! I am so happy you took him in to heal. And your portrait is adorable.

  5. Thank you PJ! I can tell you that they did each receive a clip around the ear! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!

  6. Thanks ever so much Kathryn! I seem to have this uncanny 'fortune' of being in the right place at the right time, but many times it doesn't have such a happy ending. Thanks ever so much for stopping by, really appreciate that!

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    1. Thank you very much Anonymous!

  8. what you are doing is great,Pippin was very lucky to have been saved by you,Maree I love the drawing by the way.

    1. Thanks ever so much Anonymous, glad you like it!



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