Jersey

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: June 26, 2004
  • Arrival: May 21, 2013
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Health Issues: Self-Attacking, Amputee
  • Character: Charismatic

Jersey Boy was kept as a “pet” who had bitten off one toe and was chewing on both feet and his hands, and his flesh was literally dying. After calling specialists to locate tissue for skin grafts and help with amputations, there was no luck. The answer from the experts we called was the same: "Euthanize the monkey." This little monkey was only nine years old, and had barely had a chance to live. Fortunately, Dr. Schirmer understands and supports the Jungle Friends monkey care philosophy, and he had another plan – he found a local orthopedic surgeon who agreed to perform the surgery. The veterinarians amputated Jersey's right leg and part of left foot. Following his recovery from anesthesia, Jersey was already pulling himself up. This little fighter recuperated like a champ and even made a love connection with Elizabeth, another capuchin, while he was in our on-site clinic recovering. Jersey is very spirited and has overcome his disabilities – he uses his tail as a leg and has no problem negotiating his habitat. Jersey and Elizabeth are a model couple, grooming each other and engaging in play.

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