When I was a volunteer here in 2007, one of the baby baboons who slept with me was named Jacob. There were four in all, and some nights they all slept in my room with me and my roommates. Jacob had an interesting and sad beginning. Somebody thought it would be a good idea to have a baboon as a pet, but she wasn't willing to cut a hole in the diapers so his tail could come out. She had it amputated--so stupid because of course baboons use their tails for a lot of things--like balance. Well, after a few weeks, she got tired of him so she gave him to Harnas. He was always a crazy boy--jumping around while everyone else was trying to sleep. Very naughty but lovable. He's in this picture--the one in the back sitting by my right shoulder.
Here's a fabulous photo that Cornelia Achtel took. There are 6 baby kitties near the office where this stuffed lion sits. Obviously the kitty can't read. I asked her to use the photo since it's priceless. Fierce.
A quick update on Tyson, the baby cheetah. This morning when I went in to see him, instead of hissing, he chirped when he saw me! Everything inside just melted. Mom and baby cheetahs chirp to each other to find each other and connect. He thinks of me as his mum! I'm overwhelmed.