The RSPCA animal rescue service in Essex, England, has recently got a call. Someone reported a small monkey that had been kept as a pet for some time. But the staff was shocked by what they saw when they arrived – the baby monkey was just a baby. He was sadly sitting alone in a birdcage.
The saddest fact is that the monkey was taken from his parents at such an early age. They take it very hard. In addition, the baby was in a small cage, where he did not have the necessary care. After all, monkeys in principle can not be kept as pets. They are social, intelligent creatures who are not suited for that.
“Primates are intelligent, sentient and highly social animals with complex needs that simply cannot be met in a domestic environment,” Jack Taylor, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release.
Luckily, the baby, named TikTok, was rescued in time. World’s monkey rescue center later took him in, where he was given comfortable conditions and daily care. The baby was placed in a spacious aviary with trees and plants.
“Clydie instantly adopted him as her own, carrying, grooming and protecting little TikTok,” Monkey World wrote in a press release.
Later Tiktok was placed with a family of monkeys, who happily took him in. He even got a new mother and father. There was a strong bond between them at once. Now the three of them live happily together, and the parents take good care of their little baby.
“Tiktok’s case perfectly highlights why primates should not be available to the public and why they do not belong in people’s homes,” Taylor said. “This youngster has been wrenched away from his family to be sold as a novelty pet to someone who doesn’t know and who hasn’t got a hope of being able to give him what he needs. It’s a situation that just shouldn’t happen.”
This case once again confirms that wild animals should not be kept as pets. Recently such cases have increased, but everyone should understand that some animals need special conditions and socialization, which they will receive only in the wild. Take care of our little brothers!