2011, June 24
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Dear Friends

 Tika was introduced to the main group early April. His best friend of the new group was young male called Kala who always protected him from the others.

Kala between Mwisho and Tka (right)
Kala between Mwisho and Tka (right)

But then Kala decided Tika should learn face the others by himself ... Tika felt abandoned and set aside... To stay with the group had become a burden as most of the other members enjoyed teasing him or beating him up.

Tika beaten up
Tika beaten up

Tika therefore always stayed on top of the ladder in the open air enclosure and refused to come down even at feeding times...

Tika isolating himself on the right
Tika isolating himself on the right

After a few weeks, Tika had become extremely  weak, was seriously depressed and because his body was covered with wounds, I decided to remove him from the main group.

Tika hurt on head and shoulder
Tika

Also, because we don't have lots of facilities, and because Tika couldn't stay all alone in quarantine and needed attention, care, contact, ... I introduced him  to the nursery group.

Tika hurt and introduced in the nursery group
Tika hurt and introduced in the nursery group

It took me a few days before Tika completely adjusted to his new enclosure and to his new little friends. 

Maïka smiling and Bapu yawning... infants of the nursery group
Maïka smiling and Bapu yawning... infants of the nursery group

It actually was young female Maïka who did the first steps and accepted Tika while Pasa, a young male, was a bit upset because an older male had come into his group,onto  his teritory...

Tika introduced to the outside nursery enclosure
Tika introduced to the outside nursery enclosure
introducing Tika
introducing Tika

Today, Tika has recovered from his wounds, has again put on weight and  behaves as the old patriarch of the group.

Tika in the nursery group
Tika in the nursery group

 Even Elia accepted him easily as Tika is very protective towards her and towards the very little ones such as Nalia and baby Ekolo...

Nalia holding Tika tight
Nalia holding Tika tight

It would be an option to put Tika again into the main group with the others once he's completely well but we need to think about this seriously. I personnaly don't want him to be unhappy, so, we'll see...

Tika enjoying life in the nursery group
Tika enjoying life in the nursery group

I'll keep you posted

Tika with the infants
Tika with the infants

Thank You.

Roxane/J.A.C.K.