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Boh is the biological child of Yubaba and the Radish spirit.  Nine months after a fiery night of passion, baby Boh was born via cessarian section.  He weighed 154 lbs and was 5 feet 4 inches.  The Radish spirit denied being the father, but the truth was revealed on a episode of The Jerry Springer Show(251 jan.).  Luckly for the Radish spirit, Yubaba has decided to take fully custody and refuses to accept child support so long as the Radish spirit stay out of their life.  She still doesn't deny him the right to come to the bath house however, because after all, he is a paying customer.

Character Description

Boh is a large baby that belongs to Yubaba and, up until meeting Chihiro (Sen) has remained within his nursery for fear of germs.  He is treated as an infant by his doting mother Yubaba.  Although Boh is a baby he is able to talk, and though no age is specified, he can walk on his legs and has good muscle control.  He is twice the size of his mother, and is only seen wearing a one piece full bib.

During the events of the story, he is changed by his aunt Zeniba, into a small grey rat.  While this must have been a tramatizing experience, to say the least, we see a great deal of character development in his personality, that demonstrates maturity.

Prior to meeting Chihiro, Boh is a selfish and spoiled child.  He was used to getting all the attention, gifts, and food he wanted from Yubaba.  He also developed a fear of germs, demonstrated by his initial hindrance in leaving his nursery.  However, his personality quickly changes during his adventures with Chihiro.  He developes a strong affiliation with Yubaba's bird, who was turned into a fly-like creature and would often fly him around.  By the end of these adventures, we see him standing up to Yubaba to help Chihiro. 

It is also suggested that, prior to meeting Chihiro, Boh was unable to stand or move on his own.  This is seen through Yubaba's surprise at seeing Boh standing after his return with Chihiro.