The following is a guest blog from Kirk Parker, animal caregiver and communication specialist at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
Perhaps you've heard of the Norse god Loki from history classes or from the recent Marvel movie installments... but I doubt you've heard of Loekey the monkey!
Loekey is a Japanese macaque who arrived at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary on September 19, 2008. Prior to his arrival, he was kept as a "pet" in North Carolina. Sadly, his canine teeth were removed when he was very young, but as he matured, his adult lower canine teeth were able to grow through.
Loekey is a shy monkey but given the opportunity he shows his feisty personality! For instance, Loekey jumps at the chance to steal the hose that fills his water trough. And, he's strategic about it; he doesn't run for it in plain sight. Instead, he waits patiently hidden until his water trough is emptied and then dashes out of his den box. Sometimes, he waits until the trough is lowered and uses the back half of the trough to leap off, jarring the fence and giving us quite the surprise! Just as quickly as he appears, he's gone again: retreating back to his space and peeking around the corner, possibly to plot his next move...