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Marmosets given new lease of life at Monkey World


SAVED: A pair of marmosets have been taken in by Monkey World
SAVED: A pair of marmosets have been taken in by Monkey World

TWO young marmosets have been given a new lease of life at Dorset’s Monkey World Centre after their owner was found guilty of neglect last week.

Peter Powell, 53, was convicted at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court following an RSPCA investigation last October into the welfare of two marmosets that were being kept as pets at his home.

The inspectors, accompanied by Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin MBE, found a six-month-old female called Tya and a one-year-old male called Rattler living in filthy and dangerous conditions in the sitting room.

Both creatures were running loose and had no access to food or water.

They were also showing early signs of rickets, a condition where their bones bend and break as a result of inappropriate diet and living conditions.

The two marmosets were then seized and taken to the Purbeck ape sanctuary for intensive care.

Speaking after the trial, Dr Cronin voiced her concern about the growing legal trade in keeping primates as pets in Britain.

This year alone, the centre has rescued 10 marmosets from private homes and a UK pet shop.

“Sadly most of these primates are kept by unqualified people who do not know what the needs of their monkeys are.

“I believe in the case of Rattler and Tya, the owner was incapable of giving two such tiny, young marmosets the specialist care that they needed and deserved,” she said.

“We are very pleased that he has been found guilty to the charges of neglect, but remain concerned and saddened that the law allows this trade to continue in Britain today.”

Rattler and Tya are now thriving at their new home and have even been adopted by one of Monkey World’s adult female common marmosets, Gabi who has taught them to feed, communicate and socialise.

Monkey World is continuing to appeal for signatures for its petition against the UK primate pet trade.

To sign up you can download a copy of the petition at website, or visit the rescue centre in Wareham, or call 01929 462537 for details.

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