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Winter blanket appeal to help apes

Tuesday 7th February 2012

Donations of blankets and towels are needed by Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset for their primates to use as freezing temperatures take hold across Britain.

The monkeys and apes use donated towels and blankets in a variety of ways, some make beds or hammocks with them, others play tug-of-war or wrap themselves up in them, and the capuchin monkeys use them as trampolines.

Although each primate has access to heated indoor enclosures, as well as outdoor spaces at the centre, many choose to shelter or make comfy beds with the linen.

However, blankets and towels are not just needed to keep the primates warm during the cold winter days; significant supplies are required year round to ensure they enjoy comfort in their homes.

Sarah Lambert, from Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, said: "Just as we go home and switch our fires on, or add extra clothing layers in such cold temperatures, our primates here want the chance to snuggle up too.

"But, in addition to wood wool, linen is used as bedding for them throughout the year, so any donation is invaluable; from towels to duvet covers and pillowcases, to sheets or blankets.

"Old and used are good as long as they are clean. Unfortunately we cannot accept anything stuffed such as pillows, duvets or crocheted materials as the primates are likely to catch their fingers and toes, or eat the filling, which could harm them.

"We are so grateful for any linen the public can offer."

All donations will be accepted at the park in Wareham, Dorset, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.


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