The Galago

Galago - Doodlewash watercolor painting sketch illustration of African bushbaby bush baby nagapie

As we near the end of this adventure tomorrow, we have a very small primate called a galago or bushbaby. They earned the nickname of bushbaby because they vocalize by producing child-like cries. They can reach about 10 to 16 inches in length and are covered in a thick wool-like fur. One of their most prominent features are their round saucer-like eyes that help with night vision since they are nocturnal creatures.  Their evening roaming earned them another nickname in their native Africa of nagapies, meaning “little night monkeys.”

One interesting bit about the galago is that they possess a second tongue, situated underneath their normal tongue. This is used in conjunction with their front teeth specifically for grooming. Not sure why they couldn’t use the first tongue, but I imagine its akin to the clean versus dirty towel we have next to our kitchen sinks. Galagos are also particularly great at jumping and can reach heights of up to 6.6 feet (2 m) in the air. They possess this little superpower due to the elastic energy stored in the tendons of their lower legs.

Unlike many of the uncommon creatures this month, galago populations in the wild are stable at the moment, and there are no visible threats to decrease their numbers. This is good news after so many dire stories of the animals featured so we will hopefully have these little bushbabies among us for quite some time. Tomorrow is the last day of this adventure and something new will be coming on Friday, so stay tuned!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink and second pen with black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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  1. Kari 7 years ago

    How adorable! It reminds me of Furby, the ever-popular toy about 15 years ago.. Lol. Those eyes are beautiful! I can’t wait to find out what you’ll doodlewash in April! ❤️

  2. Cathy Tenzo 7 years ago

    This is wonderful, so alive! I almost expect him to leap into my bedroom. Inspiring work.

  3. Jacob 7 years ago

    I immediately thought ‘Furby’! Eee! And it appears they also make strident noises, just like mine did 😉 Those eyes, though! They’re cooler than those of the Furby; small wonder they’ve good night vision – they’re like torches lighting the way. What a vivid and fascinating character. Me want!

    • Author

      Yeah… the eyes had me sold and I knew I wanted to doodlewash this little thing. I was too old to experience the joys of owning a Furby, and I think I missed out! 😊 But I think this little one deserves to be in your zoo! The seal would love him!

  4. Carol 7 years ago

    Such bright eyes! You made him/her look so sweet! Thanks for reminding me that it is time to put out some fresh towels 🙂

  5. Jodi 7 years ago

    Reason #1,537,428 I love charlie 0’s art and blog posts: “they possess a second tongue, situated underneath their normal tongue. This is used in conjunction with their front teeth specifically for grooming. Not sure why they couldn’t use the first tongue, but I imagine its akin to the clean versus dirty towel we have next to our kitchen sinks.” LOL!!

    Can’t wait to see what adventure April brings! xo

    • Author

      Haha! Awww, thank you Jodi! 💕I’m thinking you fudged on that number as there’s no way I’ve given you that many reasons, but I’ll take it! hehe 😊

  6. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    I agree with Kari – it looks a lot like a lot Furby! 😜 Maybe this animal was the inspiration?! Interesting that this animal has 2 tongues and can jump 6.6 feet in the air! Can’t imagine! 😂 Another AMAZING doodlewash Charlie! You are the best! 🎨🏆🌟

    • Author

      I’m now wondering the same thing… surely the Furby designers had this creature in mind when they made it! Thanks Jill! You’re the sweetest!! I really appreciate it!! 😊😃💕

  7. Teri C 7 years ago

    What a cutie. You painted it so lovable too.

  8. Wonderful eyes, drew me straight in. Really enjoyed this months selection of mis fits, the unusual or rare, what will it be next? Thank you for the pen info, I have never heard of the ink I the uk, but managed to source some, so it should be on its way to me soon, lol bought a pen too, instead of using a dip pen, which sometimes drives me nuts ( not sure it’s the same as you use, but it’s a pen that I hope will do the trick).

    • Author

      Thanks Rebecca! 😃💕And yay! New supplies! That’s always exciting. And yeah… I think you’ll really like the pen. Please let me know what you think of the new goods. I’d love to hear what you think!

      • I will do, it’s the ink I was more interested in, I have a few good ish ones, but they still don’t preform as I would like, the reviews and description of this ink, sound to be what I am after…so I bought sepia and black..eek!

  9. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    You have captured their beautiful eyes perfectly. Lovely painting, adorable subject. You always find such interesting tidbits of information, thank you for sharing such cute and lighthearted looking furry.

  10. mukul chand 7 years ago

    lovely post

  11. Cathe 7 years ago

    Oh my, a bushbaby! I rather love him/her and all its attributes! I like the addition of blue added to your sketch. A very adorable doodlewash!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! 😃💕Trying to get a little more adventurous with color, rather than just what I see. Glad you liked it!

  12. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    So adorable and well done, Charlie! Thank you for an exciting month of the extroidnary. Looking forward to our last days surprise.

  13. wendymuldon 7 years ago

    Such a fluff! I’d love to hug it! Incredible work

  14. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Yay you, another interesting creature. Glad to hear this cutie isn’t endangered. Yay me because I have heard of bushbabies! Anticipation building for next month!! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Susan!! 😃💕I actually heard of these too! But never looked at them much to see just how stinkin’ cute they are. They immediately moved to the “must doodlewash” list!

  15. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I’m with the Furby group. So cute! This has been another great series, Charlie. (K)

    • Author

      Hehe… it’s so funny… I can’t see anything BUT a Furby now! Love it! Thanks Kerfe! So happy you enjoyed this month’s series! 😃💕

  16. Snehal Kank 7 years ago

    Heheh Cutie! love that creature you painted it so nice! Eager to know your super awesome concept for April 😊

    • Author

      Awww thanks Snehal!! 😃💕So glad you liked this little one! And thinking I know what I’m doing next month, but you know me… I sort of make things up at the last minute. 😊hehe

  17. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    I thought this looked familiar! 😊 I’m glad that this critter is not threatened or endangered for a change. ❤️

  18. brittanyedsallart 7 years ago

    You’ve captured it perfectly! You have a real talent for painting and drawing fur as well, which can be hard. Great art!!

  19. The Leaf Diary 7 years ago

    Very nice! The animal world will never cease to amaze me. Some have 4 pairs of eyes; others have 2 tongues 🙂

  20. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Your Galago is so cute. I’ll have to do one of these for hubby’s lunchbox!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh! You totally should! Such funny animals! hehe 😃💕

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