Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Basement Baboon Finds New Home At Primate Shelter In Texas

Monkey, the 3-year-old baboon that had been living in an East Side laundry room until it was surrendered to the Dane County Humane Society earlier this month, has found a new home at a primate sanctuary in Texas.

On Monday morning, the animal was transferred to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, located on 186 acres in Dilley, south of San Antonio. The sanctuary is home to more than 500 primates, many of which were rescued from research laboratories, roadside zoos, and private owners.

The animals - macaques, vervets, and baboons - live in free-range enclosures with minimal human interference.

Humane Society workers initially suspected that the Madison baboon's canine teeth had been removed, which could put it at risk if it were placed with other baboons. But during a recent health inspection, it appeared the animal's adult canines will still come in, spokeswoman Gayle Viney said.

There are 13 other baboons in a 2.5 acre enclosure where Monkey will be housed, said sanctuary director Tim Ajax. The animal will be placed next to the other baboons and will be monitored to see how the other baboons react to him, Ajax said.

Full story here.

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