December 24, 2018

Scar & Larry
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the sanctuary, 
not a monkey was stirring, not even Scar and Larry.

The blankets were hung on the clothesline with care,
In hopes that the care staff would find them dry there.

The monkeys were nestled all snug in their beds, 
while visions of cashews danced in their heads.

With the dogs all around, me in my flannels and cap,
We had just settled in for a quick little nap.

When out in the monkey yard there arose such a clatter, 
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
I flung open the door, and I began to ask...

"What's wrong with you monkeys? Settle down, go to sleep.
All is quite well, there is no need to weep."
It was White-Faced Land raising a fuss,
So I called them by name and I asked them to hush.
       Baby Rico
"Now Charlotte and Monk Monk, now Hayley and Ernesto 
quiet down, you're too loud - you'll wake Travis and Picasso."

I peaked in on the squirrel monkeys, Oak and his buddies, 
Checked on baby Rico, Charlie and all the other newbies. 

And then in a twinkling, the night became still
As eight tiny munchkins flew by my window sill.
I thought to myself - am I crazy or just dreaming, 
Or is Lindsey up to mischief? She is always scheming!

Jackie looked puzzled, Potter was out like a light, 
I slipped back to my bed wishing all a Merry Christmas and Good Night.

Kari, Jackie & Potter

Kari Bagnall, Executive Director and Founder
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Abby enjoying her favorite holiday treats.... Nuts in the shell!
Abby enjoying her favorite holiday treats.... Nuts in the shell!

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