Pippin, the Bush baby

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Pippin, the Bush Baby

W&N watercolour in my Moleskine 200gsm Folio (A4) Nature Journal
Bushbabies (Galago senegalensis), 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.
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 …
“Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit."
- Albert Schweitzer

6th December 2011 – FEATURED in “Tuesday Afternoon”
11th December 2011 – FEATURED in “Sketching and Drawings”
9th January 2012 – FEATURED in “Let Animals Stay Free”
14th May 2015 – FEATURED in “Art Universe”
20th May 2015 – FEATURED in ‘Amazing Wildlife Mammals’
14th June 2015 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
1st May 2016 – FEATURED in “Pets Are Us”
24th October 2016 – WINNER in the challenge “A New Avatar for the rest of 2016/’n Nuwe Kenteken vir die res van 2016” in “Afrikaans, Beauty of Africa / Afrikaans and English”
10th February 2017 – FEATURED in “Inspired Art”

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