A marmoset monkey has been rescued by RSPCA Cymru from a house in Blaenymaes, Swansea.
The charity was alerted to the whereabouts of the monkey, named Lola, after an advertisement appeared on social media seeking to sell the animal.
RSPCA Cymru arrived at the property to find the primate being kept in hugely inappropriate conditions. The monkey was loose in the living room, with a 3ft x 3ft x 3ft cage positioned in the corner with a UV light above it.
The rescue took place on 21 April. It is understood the family had been keeping the monkey for approximately one year. Lola was living with a Staffie-type dog, who she would occasionally try to attack.
Following the rescue, Lola has now been moved to a specialist wildlife facility.
RSPCA Cymru is campaigning for the keeping of primates as pets in Wales to be made illegal – and believes this incident is another example of why the practice should be brought to an end.
Neill Manley, RSPCA Inspector, said:
“Sadly, some people like the idea of keeping a monkey as a pet, but this is another example of how unsuitable they are.
“Marmosets have very complex and specialist needs, which it would be practically impossible to meet in a domestic house such as this one.
“A Staffie-type dog also lived at this Blaenymaes home, and we heard how the monkey sometimes would try and bite the dog, which further highlights how these just weren’t the right conditions.
“The owners had sought advice from a local exotics vet, and clearly cared for this animal – but this simply was not the right environment for such a highly intelligent and social primate to be living in.
“Fortunately, the family worked with us, and were happy for the marmoset to be signed-over into our care, before being moved to a specialist wildlife facility, where she will live in a suitable and appropriate environment, along with the company of other primates.”
Charlie Skinner, RSPCA campaigns assistant, added:
“Already, some 15 European countries have introduced bans, either partial or full, on the keeping of primates as pets – and the time has come for action in Wales.
“Put simply, there are no circumstances where primates should be kept as pets – and 72% of those polled in Wales back our campaign.
“Sadly, estimates suggest over 120 privately-kept primates are based in domestic homes across the country.
“We’ve had a really positive response to our campaign, and we continue to urge people to get in touch with their Assembly Members and keep pushing for action.”
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