The babies behaved very well today, and socialized with all of the kids at sailing camp. We had an impromptu "Unschooling" lesson after camp about marsupials (you can see their little pouches forming already!), nocturnal mammals, and how to be gentle with a baby manicou. The kids at camp were thrilled, and can't wait to see them again tomorrow. I even managed to mention that, even though I am feeding the babies milk with a glass dropper, it is not ideal because their mother's milk would have been the BEST THING for them. All mammals make milk for their babies, including humans! And the milk that we make is the best, yummiest thing ever for our babies!
Tomorrow's lesson: Introducing Solids! The manicous' eyes are beginning to open, and they are getting adventurous and biting things: a sure sign that they may be ready for more than milk. I just placed an experimental slice of avocado and a piece of banana in the manicous' travelling cage, and BOY DID THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO! They leaped on the fruit like the happiest manicous in the world.
Stinky was a little slow on the uptake. She ate a little banana and went back to sleep. So I fed her a little more milk. She just isn't ready to be one of the big kids yet. Boudica and Chicken got themselves covered in food, had a fight and then licked each other clean. Including their butts. So endearing. Who wouldn't love manicous?
Before I go to bed, which will be SOON, I will put a piece of egg yolk in their night time home (a cooler- cat proof and warm, y'all) and rejoice!