One of the 88 monkeys
Monkey World rescues 88 Chilean lab monkeys
Eighty-eight monkeys in a South American laboratory have been brought to the UK by the world famous Monkey World primate sanctuary in Wareham.
The Capuchin monkeys were removed from single cages - some less than a metre square - in Santiago, Chile, by Monkey World.
They will now be rehabilitated in purpose built houses at the sanctuary in Wareham, Dorset.
Alison Cronin from Monkey World says: "The monkeys are all unique individuals so some handle it better than others: some are quite gregarious and others are more shy and frightened.
"But we will have to keep a close eye on them and see what develops."
Alison founded Monkey World with her late husband Jim who helped get this rescue mission project.
Says Alison: "Hopefully Jim's watching and can see what's going on. It's exactly what he would have wanted to have seen - all the rescued monkeys living happily together and getting the opportunity to have a natural life as they should.
Read the full story from the BBC News website and watch the report from BBC South Today.
last updated: 17/04/2008 at 15:10
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