A lonely monkey who was previously mistreated has been moved to a sanctuary in Cornwall where it will join other monkeys.

Daisy, a 50-year-old capuchin, was first rescued from an exotic animal breeder 35 years ago and cared for by a couple together with another monkey. 

When her companion died, Daisy’s owners appealed to the Wild Futures monkey sanctuary to provide a new home for her.

The sanctuary raised £6,000 to bring the monkey from Gloucestershire to the Cornwall-based sanctuary.

The sanctuary said capuchins are a particularly intelligent, social species that naturally live in the rainforests of south and central America. Daisy was originally confiscated from an exotic animal breeder in Wales.

When she was rescued she had healed cigarette burns and badly mended, fractured fingers and was being kept alone. Probably taken from her mother as an infant, she also has a laparotomy scar – allegedly from her time in a laboratory breeding facility.

Daisy will soon join other capuchin monkeys rescued from the pet trade who live in specially designed enclosures at the sanctuary near Looe.

Primate keeper Sharon Perry said: “It is just fantastic we managed to raise the funds to be able to transport Daisy safely to the sanctuary and cover the costs of her ongoing care. She has been to visit the vets for a thorough check-up and will now spend a month in isolation before she can be introduced to other monkeys.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported Daisy’s appeal and helped us to change Daisy’s life for the better.

“Although Daisy is now safe at our sanctuary, her appeal is still running, as any extra funds raised are also vital to help cover costs of a specialist diet. We spend £30,000 a year on monkey food here and there are other monkeys on our waiting list that also need rescuing. The more people who know about Daisy’s story and the plight of others like her in the UK primate pet trade, the better.” 

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