Udi

  • Species: Peruvian Spider Monkeys (Ateles chamek)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: December 2, 2002
  • Arrival: May 16, 2004
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Health Issues: Bone Disease
  • Character: Happy

Udi came to Jungle Friends when he was just 14 months old. A year earlier, Udi had been discovered in a cold New York City basement, where his 'owner' had left him alone, hungry and helpless. Udi was rescued by well-meaning people who tried to care for him, but unfortunately didn’t know how to provide for a baby monkey's needs. After living for a year in a New York apartment, Udi was suffering from severe metabolic bone disease.

When Udi arrived at Jungle Friends, he could not stand or walk. He weighed only 4 pounds, and his legs were badly bowed. He had disease in his joints, malformed wrists, and a terrible overbite. Udi's stunted growth and bone disease resulted from a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D due to poor diet and lack of sunlight.

Udi took his first steps soon after his arrival at the sanctuary. Before long he was swinging from the trees and basking in the sun. When Udi's bones grew stronger, he was introduced to other spider monkeys. Udi plays so much it will wear you out just watching his antics!!

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