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Thursday, January 31, 2008

UK Sanctuary Rescues 88 Capuchin Monkeys

Thanks to Monkey World of Wareham, Dorset, for rescuing 88 capuchin monkeys from a Chilean laboratory.

The capuchin monkeys were liberated from solitary cages in Santiago, Chile, and flown to their new homes in Monkey World, Wareham, Dorset, yesterday.

Some of the monkeys, aged between two and 30, have spent 20 years confined in the cages, only taken out for medical experiments, without ever seeing daylight.

They will now be rehabilitated before being settled into social groups at the sanctuary’s Capuchin Lodge.

It is the largest primate rescue ever and it was done at the lab's request.

Photo by Flávio Cruvinel Brandão.

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