• Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: April 1, 2010
  • Arrival: October 1, 2010
  • Background: Animal Facility Closure
  • Character: Playful

Mochi was an infant when he was rescued from a bankrupt roadside zoo, along with 24 other capuchins. Unfortunately, the monkeys were anesthetized for transport and when they arrived at the sanctuary we were told his nursing mother woke and she rejected her baby during the long drive from Texas to Florida. After watching the documentary, Wild Animal Repo, we feel that mother and son were separated during the capture and the baby was put in a kennel with the wrong female. Mochi was only a few months old and was nearly dead at the end of the thousand-mile trip to Jungle Friends. Sanctuary staff stepped in to bottle feed and care for his physical needs...and to our delight Monkers stepped up to provide monkey nurturing. She appointed herself as Mochi’s foster mom, carrying him on her back, nurturing him, grooming and playing with him. Monkers continued to carry Mochi even when he grew to be nearly as big as she. Monkers is still very protective of Mochi, who has grown to be quite adventurous and always eager to play!

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