When I first met Binky in the Laboratory for Experimental and Surgery for Primates (LEMSIP), he was seven years old. By the time our Sanctuary was built, in the fall of 1997, he had just turned eight, and his new life was about to begin. Already he had experienced a life of loss, disappointment and deep pain. The new life he had in sanctuary provided so many wonderful new adventures and surprises. Happy, fun, playful, outgoing and rambunctious, Binky seemed rather well adjusted compared to the others, so we were surprised to learn just how hard it was for him and why he caused problems sometimes. What we soon realized was that he was desperately looking for acceptance, support and love, but was lacking the social skills necessary to achieve these, as well as a mother in his life to nurture and support him.
He was lucky enough to have Annie, the matriarch of the group in his life, once he came to Fauna, but she was not able to focus on just Binky, nor any one youngster in particular, she had six to care for, and she did her very best indeed, but it was difficult, and often very stressful. Annie was the most amazing mother figure, ever-patient and always wonderful, but alone with an enormous responsibility; however she managed to give enough love to each one of her adopted family members, to get them through some difficult years.
After Annie died, there was a long time where Binky struggled to fit in. No longer protected and supported by his adopted mother, he was once again on his own.
By good fortune Tom and Yoko found Binky to be a good little buddy and Tom took over where Annie left off. It was a truly remarkable act on Tom’s part and a relationship we will always remember and treasure. He was able to teach Binky so much about love and boundaries.
From the time Binky was 13 until he was 21, Tom was very involved in his life and was a strong, powerful role model. Binky’s strength and good health make him somewhat of a force to be reckoned with. It took the likes of Tom to help keep him contained you might say. Far too strong for his own age group and acting like a typical teenage boy around the girls, only made it harder for Binky.
In 2008, Spock, Maya and Sophie came to Fauna. Spock bonded very quickly with Tom — and somehow seemed to be a kindred spirit — their relationship so beautiful. However, included in that special friendship was the very fortunate Binky. At 19 years old he was blessed to have two very wise, gentle and strong older male role models in his life. Bless you, Tom and Spock, for helping him.
He has come a long way over the years, and is comfortable and secure enough now to show his sensitive side. He has a deep attachment to Maya, and has recently shown a great interest in meeting Tatu. Binky is always excited to visit with Petra, Chance, Rachel and Jethro. He has not lived with Regis, Yoko or Sue Ellen for a few years now, but he sees them every day, and still has a relationship with them. He loves his LEMSIP family and they love him. He is even more fun-loving and rambunctious than ever, but a dear family member to all.
Unique features: Ever playful, Binky loves to make a special noise we refer to as the Bronx cheer.