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The Bush Baby a unique pet

Updated on March 25, 2012

Meet Pookie Nyoni!

Now here is a little bush babe which I have no doubt everybody is going to fall in love with. Those adorable eyes. Who wouldn't? Everybody loves a baby. In actual fact that is an adult and it's a mammal too. Head-wise, one might think it's a cat or perchance, a lovely little mouse. Body-wise, one may think it's a kangaroo? It's nothing of the sort, but it does have some similarities.

A species generally found in East Africa, but also in many other parts. It's nocturnal, mainly due to protect itself from predators. Normally they are found in semi-arid areas under 6500 feet.

I went to school in such a place, tucked away on the most southern border of Zimbabwe in a province known as Matabeleland. It was a tough province and an even tougher school. One went there at the beginning of any school term and one stayed there for that length of time without a break to see your family. Unless one got into a sports team, that was it. Understandably then, as boys we learnt how to roam the tough, tough sands of Matabeleland and it's many thorn trees battling to survive in a low rainfall area.

As boys, nay kids, perchance we missed our parents? The only thing we had left, was to find a pet in this tough place and nurture it as best we could. Here then is one of the most loveable and adorable pets, a boy could wish to find.

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Who is Kevin Moor

It's just Spook.

I led a normal happy life and had a wonderful schooling full of great teachers and interesting boys and friends. Aye, we were lads once and what a bunch of lads we were. Reasonably intelligent and reasonably gifted at sports including, cricket, tennis, hockey and medium distance running. The thing about us lads is; we just couldn't help teasing each other and some took this better than others, and everybody had a nickname. Mine started with rickets ( I hated that one ) but luckily that didn't last and was changed to bones. It should be perfectly obvious, that I was a very fine physical specimen. No amount of weightlifting made any difference and I soon gave up. By form 4, I was known as Spook and this nickname has stuck throughout my life. I loved it.

On leaving school I went to do my National Service in the Rhodesian army. Whilst doing this I became deaf. I've written many stories here on Squidoo about that and many other aspects of my life, so am not going to repeat them here. But I am thankful to Squidoo for providing me with the voice to do this.

Lastly, the photo is none other than myself, slightly soured by age and a hectic life. I'm a bit like the bush baby. Oh, what beautiful eyes or they used to be.

Lastly, lastly, ah, when Irish eyes are smiling, sure the whole world smiles with you.

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Finding pookie nyoni

The African bush

You have to realise that everybodys' tastes are different. Lots of different boys, so many different tastes. Owls, Goshawks, Snakes, Rabbits, Chickens and the list was almost endless and indeed was. Tucked somewhere behind the house we lived in, was the pets room. As mentioned, anything went here and endless fights ensued. 'You stole my Owls mince meat for your hawk', 'your rabbit ate my pookies banana' and so on and so forth. However, the biggest danger always lay in some cat getting into the pet room. These loveable, furry little, adorable little, kitty cats, are in reality, predators. The best there is and nothing is sacred for them, nothing. It was like they were bullet proof and no matter how well you set up the security arrangements in the pet room, somehow they bypassed it. The solution was to get a 'new boy' to sit up all night and prevent this. Lord help him if he fell asleep.

Now the bush baby is nocturnal and it has developed this way to protect itself from predators especially snakes and hawks. It is an amazing creature and with it's hind legs can jump between 10 to 20 foot whilst stationary. This is the system it uses to catch its prey, mainly insects and it propels itself from tree to tree like this. It then uses its long, bushy tail, to grab a branch in case of overshoot. It is very fast like this and almost impossible to catch. However if one can get it onto the ground, it is very slow and catching it is a lot easier. Therein lies the secret.

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Well what do you think of pookie nyoni as a pet so far

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To be quite honest I've forgotten how the bush baby got its name of pookie nyoni. However I'm going to give it a reasonable guess.

We always knew our pookies as pookies, everybody knows this. However I think it drew its name from the African dialect of the area. When going into attack mode, it flattens its ears which have acute hearing and launches itself. It can cover great distances like this and give the impression that it is flying. Hence nyoni, which simply means bird. Therefore the pookie that flies. How apt and how logical.

Amongst Afrikaans speaking people in South Africa it is known as nagapie. Nag meaning night and apie meaning ape. Or the night flying little monkey. Also how apt. So there you have it.

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Nagapie - Pookie nyoni

I have already described the reason between two different names, so would like to ask readers.

Which name do you think suits it best?

Nagapie

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    • Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Nagapie

    • gogolf162 6 years ago

      Nagapie sounds like a real animal name.

    • pixiepot 6 years ago

      I think Nagapie as it is simple, easy to remember and simply ADORABLE!!!

    • greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Really good lens I will be checking your other lens out.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      well, i don't know about the name... i'm just hoping maybe this is where i should comment!! when i was a child i so wanted a bushbaby as a pet... thanks for this spook... lovely essay! :))x

    • SHorsburgh 6 years ago

      Nagapi.

    • photofk3 6 years ago

      Nagapie

    • Roxyskeeper 6 years ago

      I had my own Bush baby as a tot. We lived in Zanzibar. he used to ridw on the back of our pet goat!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      nagapie reminds of the Gremlins movies and they are sort of gremlin looking!

    • Meryl van der Merwe 6 years ago from USA

      Nagapie - but then I am biased as I am South African. The name fits him perfectly - if you speak Afrikaans!

    • livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      I think you should choose Nagapie for your official name, and you can use a nickname of pookie nyoni often. I think someone so cute needs a couple of names!

    • DebMartin 6 years ago

      Nagapie is simple and easy. Pookie is just a little to cute and babyish for me and for that critter.

    • patrickbrianone 6 years ago

      Try caffeine-free coffee next time! He looks jumpier than a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Nagapie is the one I like.

    • MiseryBusiness519 6 years ago

      :)

    • morpheyous 6 years ago

      Nagapie would be good for the name, Pookie nyoni just sounds like a different for men

    • Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      nagapie - that's the name I know it by if it's not called bush baby - I can speak Afrikaans a bit - but I've never heard it called pookie nyoni

    • Reginald Reid 6 years ago

      Pookie Nookie suits him fine.

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Well, I have to balance, but it would be shortened to Pie!

    • LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I like the sound of nagapie.

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I had a pookie/bush baby as a kid in Rhodesia, they are much smaller than the night ape/nagapie.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Simply,a Pookie

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Pookie Nyoni

        My kids love it

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Pookie nyoni is great!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i will go with Pookie nyoni

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        My Mum calls me Pookie! - the first time my Grandfather saw me when I was a baby, he said I looked just like a pookie (both my granddad and mum are from Zimbabwe), and the nickname stuck ever since. I've always liked the nickname, although I always felt fortunate that only my mum called me that! None of my friends knew of it. So definitely, I prefer the name Pookie nyoni!

      • Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

        Pookie nyoni sounds good to me

      • Charmgal 6 years ago

        I best not show this lens to my son or he will surely want one!

      • tomburdekin 6 years ago

        A fantastic subject for my favourite pastime......Photography. Animal and Bird eyes are just great to photograph. Good one.

      • NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

        I used to call my son Pookie as a baby... I have to go with Pookie nyoni :)

      • Michelle1959 6 years ago

        Having been local to the area myself, I appreciate Pookie more. To me the "Nyoni" part is automatic albeit absent often when referring to this cute creature! Spook, I spent many a night as a kid up and down trees after

        these adorable, "All-eyes" creatures!

      • Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

        I like Pookie. It's a good word. It really denotes cuteness if nothing else.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It sound cute just like the bush baby

      • Michey LM 6 years ago

        probably Pookie Nyoni,,, I like real name and real faces vs. fake identity, so I go with the real name.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni - not only is that a cuter name but the poor little thing doesn't look like an ape really, does it?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Got to be Pookie - Nagapie sounds like some sort of bushmeat pie!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni!!!

      • Charlystoybox 6 years ago

        Pookie because he's such a cutie:)

      • metalhulk4 6 years ago

        He looks very cute and also thinking about him.

      • ia1interact 6 years ago

        Pookie is the one for me!

      • HelpfulPatty 6 years ago

        It just suits the lil one. ^.~ Such a cutie and man makes me want to get one now. ^.^

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni is cuter.

      • mywebcontent 6 years ago

        I think the bush baby just looks like a Pookie.

      • norma-holt 6 years ago

        Certainly like a small flying ape but Pookie bird is more romantic

      • vivi-knows 6 years ago

        pookie is perfect!

      • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        I like Pookie nyoni. It sounds more like baby talk. All pets love baby talk.

      • Rita-K 6 years ago

        Pookie fits the little guy perfectly!

      • Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

        Cookie Cannoli! Ooops Pookie Nyoni. Cute.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I like Pookie .. Lovely name :)

      • mohzu 6 years ago

        POOKIE IS NICE BUT I DONT REALLY LIKE NYONI...:)

      • nightbear lm 6 years ago

        Pookie sounds so much more lovable, just like this little guy is

      • JamesPittman LM 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni. It makes me think of a bush baby when I hear it.

      • JamesPittman LM 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni has the sound that to my ears makes me think of what a bush baby looks like.

      • jra08 6 years ago

        I like Pookie nyoni, he looks like he's got a cheeky, inquisitive character.

      • EpicFarms 6 years ago

        I'll take this side, although I have to say I like the "last name" better than the first :o)

      • Kate Smith 6 years ago from Ashburn, VA

        My son loved Bush Babies and when he was in 1st grade I made him a Halloween costume so he could trick-or-treat as an adorable little fellow with big yellow eyes. Not many people knew what a Bush Baby was but they sure thought he was cut.

      • Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

        Those eyes say Pookie nyoni.

      • Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Pookie sounds adorable and goes with what a bush baby is like.

      • rohani088 6 years ago

        pookie nyoki is sweet to hear....

      • Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

        I really like Pookie nyoni! A very cute name for a very cute creature!!

      • Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

        Cute! He can join my menagerie!

      • Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        I like Pookie, since I had to choose. Actually, this 'bush baby' was completely unfamiliar to me until I read this delightful story about your 'pet'. :)

      • CynzdaReveur 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni sounds unique and cute..

      • HtCares 6 years ago

        I like Pookie nyoni much better.

      • poloponydesign 6 years ago

        pookie nyoni is great!

      • SmBizGuru LM 6 years ago

        We had a pet monkey when I was about two. Cute, yes, but Ewww! He was nasty.

      • AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

        Definitely Pookie nyoni. A cute name for an adorable animal.

      • capriliz lm 6 years ago

        Pookie sounds just right.

      • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

        I like the sound of Pookie.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I like the name Pookie Nyoni.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        He's a lil' pookie nyoni, I say :)

      • tintin79 6 years ago

        I go with Pookie

      • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

        Seems to fit the little critter.

      • TheAuntieM 6 years ago

        I could see me as a child saying, "But mama, I need a ilttle pookie, can we keep it?" " Just look at it's beautiful eyes and it is sooo soft and cuddly".

      • WhiteOak50 6 years ago

        I like Pookie nyoni

      • sheriangell 6 years ago

        Pookie all the way!

      • jap72_ph 6 years ago

        Much better if Pookie nyoni sounds unique. :)

      • Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

        Pookie is just right!

      • Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        I love the name Pookie nyoni!

      • Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

        Pookie definitely! :)

      • catbehaviors 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni sounds better and is a much cuter name.

      • jlshernandez 6 years ago

        Pookie Nyoni fits the persoanlity better.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        So cute! Nagapie doesn't sound as cute. Great Lens!

      • Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

        Pookie nyoni definitely describes something cute and cuddly.

      • WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        Pookie! This little bush baby doesn't suit anything starting with "Nag."

      • Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

        I agree with everyone else so far -- Pookie nyoni is an adorable-sounding name for an adorable-looking animal!

      • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

        Pookie is cuter and easier for those with challenged linguistic skill to say.

      • ChristopherFranko 6 years ago

        i say pookie nyoni cause idk what the other word means and i think this is its name already right?

      • Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        DEfintiely Pookie nyoni

      • nebby 6 years ago from USA

        Pookie is so much cuter -kind of like a pet name that you give your spouse or partner. Yet, with the word "nag" in Nagapie I think would husband would choose that one since I am a nag.

      • gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

        I think Pookie fits this animal, just seems 'cuter' (is that a word?) see you around the galaxy...

      • SandraRoseDesigns 6 years ago

        Pookie - a cuter name for a cute little guy

      • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

        I prefer Pookie! It reminds me of Pooka, which is an Apparition. These little guys can certainly seem like apparition in the night!

      • oztoo lm 6 years ago

        Pookie sounds much cuter. And it is sooo cute.

      • Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

        I like this name best :)

      • SofiaMann 6 years ago

        Definitely is a Poockie nyoni

      • Tagsforkids 6 years ago

        Stick with Pookie...besides, it's been a pet name for my wife, and though she's my babe, I had no idea she shared it with ones from the bush! :)

      • julieannbrady 6 years ago

        Ah poo ... POOKIE!

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        She definitely looks like a Pookie nyoni

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      Favourite times with pookie nyoni

      Sleeping during the day

      Now pookie nyoni is nocturnal, so he is awake during the night and asleep during the day. In captivity then, this makes his/her normal habits hard to fit in with yours. Consequently, as boys we used to take pookie with us to classes. Of course this was frowned upon by the authorities and not really allowed, so we had to make a plan.

      The plan consisted of, tucking pookie into your shirt at about stomach level. They are small so we could get away with it. At first pookie used to bite, not really sore but a bite nevertheless. As time wore on and it became used to you, that soon stopped. I always loved carrying pookie like this and the feeling of his small hands as he shifted around in sleep was, exquisite.

      Sometimes there was a problem. Part of their nature, mainly the women in their natural habitat, is to find groups of mothers and children and protect and socialise together. Sound familiar? The men of course keep to themselves and only surface when it is time to put the stork on the roof. Then of course they are welcome, otherwise, not. Now these lassies mark their territory by passing urine at certain strategic spots. It's innate. Pookie then, sometimes did pee pees in your shirt. Sis man, but you had to put up with it.

      Image from African Wildlife Foundation.

      The best fun with pookie nyoni

      Catching grasshoppers to feed him

      On the playing fields at school

      Giving him exercise

      As far away from trees as you can get, if he gets there you've lost him

      Make sure there are two of you in case of trouble

      Firstly search the sky for any signs of hawks

      Have fun catching grasshoppers with pookie

      Tuck your children into bed - With a pookie nyoni

      Ty Beanie Babies Peepers - Bush Baby
      Ty Beanie Babies Peepers - Bush Baby

      Forget the teddy bear. Try something different for your 'little rascals' to go to sleep with. The lovely, adorable, pookie nyoni.

       

      Pookie nyoni - His photo gallery, click on an image

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      On a thorn treeCaught in the darkPlaying in captivityAh, so cuteIn the treesWho is your daddy?The two of usSpotting grasshoppersHaving dinnerWho me
      On a thorn tree
      On a thorn tree
      Caught in the dark
      Caught in the dark
      Playing in captivity
      Playing in captivity
      Ah, so cute
      Ah, so cute
      In the trees
      In the trees
      Who is your daddy?
      Who is your daddy?
      The two of us
      The two of us
      Spotting grasshoppers
      Spotting grasshoppers
      Having dinner
      Having dinner
      Who me
      Who me
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      Pookies

      Diet and diseases

      The pookie nyoni is not that hard to feed. It mainly eats insects and grasshoppers and moths. Also loves a bit of fruit, so always easy to find it something to eat.

      However our time with this wonderful pet was soon to be limited. The more man researches the cleverer he gets and this was finally to count against us. Veterinarians soon found that the pookie nyoni was most unusual in that it had the ability to switch diseases. Simply put from man to animal and vice versa. Subsequently it was decided that the risk was too great and boys were no longer allowed to keep them as pets. How sad.

      This phenomenon was known as; Zoonoses.

      Image from Animals of the Amazon.

      Images courtesy of Google images.

      Well what do you think of pookie? - Such an unique pet

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          Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

          nice lens, well done

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          Spook LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Amazing and the best of luck with your story.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My husband tells stories of exactly the same experiences at school in Zim with 'pookies' as pets. I wanted to use the name Pookie for a character in a story and so checked that it was authentic on the internet. It led me to your site. The origin of the name could have come from the Ndebele impukunyani. A friend of mine had one that leapt around the lounge at night and if you were lucky would land on your head and sit there looking at the guests!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @pixiepot: Too cute for words,can,t help but regard them as very teddy bear-ish.An actress friend of mine in CT kept two,they had an open cage,and a large tea cosy they like to sleep in,occasionally when she drove to the cafe,one would snuggle in her anorak hood,emerging sometimes to blink at passing motorists.Love to have one.too old to go grasshopper hunting,will they eat alternative stuff from pet shop?

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          click2CYtoday 4 years ago

          My dad grew up in Zambia and had a bush baby for a pet. He absolutely loved it! Because they are nocturnal, the boys would take them to school with them during the day and let them sleep in their shirts and then at night they would jump around their rooms. Sounds like fun, too bad we can't have them here in the US!

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          They are adorable.

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          antoniow 5 years ago

          Awesome lens, nicely done! Pookie is lovely! Squidlike

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          grega85 5 years ago

          It is very cute with those big eyes.

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          Spook LM 5 years ago

          @Annamadagan: Delighted to hear that and even more delighted with the Angel dust. Thank you.

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          Annamadagan 5 years ago

          So cute! We learned all about these little guys in Science, and I really enjoyed learning more about them now! Nice lens, Blessed By A Squid Angel :)

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          Spook LM 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Much obliged.

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          Spook LM 5 years ago

          @anonymous: That's magic man and thank you and sure is cute.

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          Spook LM 5 years ago

          @jadehorseshoe: Beasties? Perish the thought (winks).

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          very cute and adorable, great lens

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Pookie is cute! Glad to stop by again with a blessing. :)

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          jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

          Fine Looking Beasties.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Cute little critters! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          joeldgreat 5 years ago

          I think these animals were an endangered species. It would be fair enough not to take out them in the wild to be made as pets.

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          Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

          Just returning with a little angel blessing.

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          sousababy 6 years ago

          I know some residents who look like pookies after working 24 hours on call. These are adorable creatures, I would worry about losing him or her (oh and the hawk thing, yikes). Unique for sure (do they leave pooh pellets around a great deal)?

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          Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          These little guys are great. Cool lens!

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          gogolf162 6 years ago

          Interesting, but I do not think I would like as a pet.

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          Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

          Very nice lens, I love animal lens. Thanks

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          pixiepot 6 years ago

          Aww, this is a fantastic and adorable lens. Well done

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @OhMe: Hi OhMe and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @VladimirCat: Nope, we don't do rodents unfortunately and I'm so glad you visited and pray it has not whetted your appetite.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @VladimirCat: Thank you for your visit Vladi. Pookie insisted that I reply (trying to buy himself more time I guess) and says he is so thankful that you are house trained and keep up the great work on those rodents.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @CCGAL: I'm so glad you did and thank you.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Just dropping by to say Hi!

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          Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

          Hmpph. If you can't get a cat I suppose a pookie is a fair enough substitute - although I'm house trained of course. Plus I keep the rodent population down - can a bush baby do that?

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          Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

          I suppose if you can't get a cat you may as well get a pookie. I'm a nocturnal creature myself, I chomp on the odd grashopper, search the sky for hawks and enjoy sleeping with friends. Apart from my glorious ability at keeping the rodent population under control, I scarcely see the difference. In any case I may not be a bush baby, but I'm a house trained pet.

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          CCGAL 6 years ago

          I really had no idea what a bush baby was, other than a creature with large eyes, so this lens and your story of having one as a pet was incredibly interesting to me. I also didn't know that diseases could be passed from pookie to human or vice versa, so that was also a learning experience for me here. I enjoyed your story of pookie the pet very much.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Indeed it is.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @joanv334: Hello and thanks for visiting.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Positivevibestechnician: Who wouldn't?

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: It's my pleasure.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Sylvestermouse: What could be luckier than that and thank you?

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: So do I and lekker slaap.

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          @kougar lm: My pleasure.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @greetingcardsinfo: Sure does, sure was.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @scss: Must have been fun and good for you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @paulalouw: I'm glad, lovely creatures.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Michelle1959: Ah, when Irish eyes are smiling, sure the whole world smiles with you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Virginia Allain: Strange? It's beautiful.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @M Schaut: Must be?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Really cute animal

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          joanv334 6 years ago

          Hello, thanks for sharing!

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          Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

          very interesting little animal gotta love those eyes

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Your experience with this animal was very interesting. Thank you for sharing it!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          Adding a blessing for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Being afrikaans speaking I, too, prefer 'nagapie' We used to have two in our garden in Pretoria (Gauteng) but unfortunately we found the one dead on the verandah one morning. They are very shy and we only saw them by chance twice. I just hope the remaining one is safe.

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          kougar lm 6 years ago

          Such a cute little pet. Touching story. Thanks for sharing.

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          greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

          I live in the UK I have never seen it before today reading your article it looks nice and friendly!!

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          scss 6 years ago

          I'm one of the very few Australian cityslickers who had a little kangaroo joey for a pet for a while when we lived in the suburbs of Subiaco in West Aust.

          She was an incredible character, drank tea from a cup with a biscuit, had to be cuddled to sleep at night, she stole lollies from the coffee table canister and I got blamed for it as the second child in the house!

          Having a Native wildlife animal share your life is very special for sure, but we were responsible and requested that the Perth Zoo adopt her and give her a good life.

          Fond memories of Guru aka. UnaMamma

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          paulalouw 6 years ago

          yes, i love these images too...they are beautiful! we have sometimes seen them in the wild... there are the fat tailed ones, and these. for years, don and i visited the soutpansberg, and stayed in bungalow with no electricity, and water that was brought to us each day. oh, we LOVED it there... sadly, in the 2000, or was it 2001(?) floods washed that little place away.

          the very first night we were there, (and went there often) as we sat out under a tree in the darkness, eating... we heard a sound in the tree above us. on shining the torch upward, what should we see, but an adorable little bushbaby!!

          it holds good and happy memories for me... thanks spookie :))x

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          Michelle1959 6 years ago

          Pookie is absolutely adorable - love the pictures too.

          I found this lens hilarious and enjoyed reading humour with fact and history for a change. Thanks for sharing it. Brings back stunning memories!

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          Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

          Those eyes and those ears make it very huggable looking. Kids sure find strange pets. I made a lens about the badger that my mother raised in her childhood.

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          Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

          I kind of see a similarity in their eyes and yours. Coincidence???

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          What a fun story! Pookie is a real sweetie - thanks for sharing with us about him. =D

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          Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

          Pookie is a real cutie.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          what a cool unique pet - thanks for sharing your "Pookie" story !!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Absolutely beautiful and obviously a very personal story. Thanks for sharing

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          ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

          Love it! This brought such a huge smile to my face, how can I not bless it?

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          jgelien 6 years ago

          Who on earth could resist those big eyes? Really cute lens.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @AdriennePetersen: Who wouldn't and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @capriliz lm: Thank you for your thoughts.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @KimGiancaterino: Thanks for everything you said.

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          MikeEssex 6 years ago

          So cute. Those eyes would make you forgive anything.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @mysticmama lm: Thank you Bambi.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @randomethoughts: Have no idea hat a tarsier looks like anyway, but thanks for the comments.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Missmerfaery444: Thank you kindly.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Richard-H: Thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @rgasperson lm: No permit in those days but eventually they stopped us keeping them as explained. Thank you for your comment.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Groovy.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Yes they were lovely and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank you and I'm glad you noticed the beanie baby.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @tintin79: Don't watch many movies but thank you for your comment.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Lee Hansen: You could be right and thank you for your comment and visit.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @TheAuntieM: Thank you for your visit and kind comment.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @WhiteOak50: I agree the eyes grab ya and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @sheriangell: Many thanks for your kind words.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @eccles1: Thank you so much.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @LisaAuch1: Thank you Lisa.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @bhaveshmehta: Thank you very much.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Jhangora LM: So do I.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Jhangora LM: So do I.

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          Sojourn 6 years ago

          Been ages since I read a short line so intriguingly funny as "your rabbit ate my pookies banana"! Your story is touching and charming and funny and how could I have forgotten that it's always a pleasure to read one of your pieces??? Beautifully done. :)

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank you, it was a long time coming.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @The-Java-Gal: I agree and thanks for your comments.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @Airinka: Thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @mockingbird999: He sure is.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @happynutritionist: I'm glad you read every word and many thanks for your congratulations.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I love this story Spook. You certainly do come up with some great ideas for your lenses!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          cute and love to have one :)

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @spritequeen lm: No longer live there, otherwise I would try to find you one.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @pylemountain1: Much obliged for your great comment and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @puzzlerpaige: It sure was fun and thank you.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          @delia-delia: Thank you so much for that.

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          baybee2010 6 years ago

          adorable. i have a capuchin monkey and was thinking of getting another 'exotic' defiantly going to reaserch these guys sounds like an absolute joy to have.

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          Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Great lens, and I am sure that as a kid if I had the chance I might have wanted one of these, but they take a bit more looking after than I am prepared for at my time of life. Still one of the cutest animals on the planet though.