Monkey Go Happy 4
A newborn monkey that was rescued by a family has now become an inseparable part of their daily life. The 20-day-old baby monkey now eats, plays and sleeps with the Vaidyas. ‘Meenu’ as they have named it, has comfortably mingled with the surroundings, so much so that it knows when to demand for food and when to sleep.
Meenu’s association with Manish Vaidya and his family began on the last day of last month. Some locals were standing under a peepal tree at D Cabin in Sabarmati when all of sudden they saw an infant monkey fall from the tree. It did not take them long to realise that a female monkey which was sitting with a group of monkeys (langurs) on that tree had given birth to a young one. Soon a crowd gathered around the injured animal. It was a Saturday, which is considered auspicious as people worship Lord Hanuman on that day. Vaidya, an animal lover, who came to know of it reached the spot and asked people to vacate the place. Vaidya believed the baby monkey’s mother would fetch her once the baby was left alone, but nothing of that sort happened and the herd of monkeys went their way. According to Vaidya who is a wildlife activist, “At times a female monkey does not realise she has delivered a baby, if it happens to be her first delivery. That could be the reason the group of monkeys left the infant and went away.”