Written by K. Ellis
The new babies are finally here! Usually when I arrive to TBS it is towards the end of May or early June and many of the groups already have infants. This season I arrived in March and there was not a tiny infant in sight. There were, however, some incredibly pregnant females roaming around. As March turned into April and April turned into May, I began to get very anxious about when these females were actually going to pop. On May 10th that anticipation was finally put to rest as I saw our first infant of the season! We were following group P when I looked up into one of the foraging trees and saw this tiny little gray being, now named Pavo, plastered to the tummy of Paleta.
A week later we found another new baby in group D. Darlene had given birth to her infant male, Dax, likely the same week that Paleta had Pavo. Cali, from Group C, was the largest, most obviously pregnant female by far and I just knew that our next session with group C would prove fruitful in the infant department. And, it was! Cali had given birth to a little female that we later named Cashu. She is the furriest little infant I’ve ever seen. On our next visit with P we were expecting Petunia, another very pregnant looking female, to have a brand new infant in tow, but to our surprise it wasn’t Petunia that gave birth, but Phyllis…a female we didn’t even know was pregnant. Although I should preface that Phyllis is a very large, manly looking female so her growing tummy might not have been as obvious to us as some of the other females. Over our next few visits with P I was beginning to get worried that Petunia had her baby but lost it while we were following other groups. This week, however, my worry was put to rest as we found Petunia carrying a brand new infant less than a week old! Her infant put me at 4/4 in predicting which of our focal females were pregnant (well, not counting Phyllis’ little surprise). Only group G has left us infantless thus far. Last year they had four infants over the summer/early fall. Two of them were born in September so perhaps we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer before they grace us with some little ones.