A lab in Maryland had 20 – 25 Patas monkeys that were no longer of use to them and if a facility for them wasn’t found, they were going to be euthanized. A rescue group heard about the monkeys plight and made arrangements for them to be placed all together. These monkeys, having been separate most of their lives, would now have to adjust to a life in a monkey troop. All but two did.
Dogo, above, a 7 year old female would run and hide from all of the others. She was placed with other submissive Patas monkeys and was still so scared that she was ill most of all the time. She had to be kept alone by herself. Archie, right, an 8 year old male had somewhat of the same problem, the other males in the group picked on him because of his submissiveness often injuring him. He would need to be segregated also. The rescue group along with veterinarian Dr. Bergmann, knowing we had two spare primate areas, had asked Popcorn Park to take in Archie and Dogo.
Dr. Bergmann and our Popcorn Park director headed down to Maryland early one morning last week and brought them back to Popcorn Park where they will live the rest of their lives.
Dogo exploring her outside area.
They both love dinner time, we alternate diets with our primates. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are chicken, pasta, eggs and sweet potatoes nights. Other nights are fruits and vegetables nights with, bananas, apples, oranges, melons and grapes and the veggies are carrots, string beans, potatoes, squash, corn and protein biscuits. While Dogo loves her biscuits and eats everything given to her, Archie gobbles up the grapes. They both seem to prefer the fruits and veggies nights. We may have our staff bring in some homemade sauces for the pasta to get them interested. Breakfast, usually pop tarts, cereal, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always enjoyed.
Archie waiting to go outside.
They are both doing well together. Dogo has flourished without the stress of the “troop” and Archie is healing from his wounds nicely. It seems that they were meant for one another.