Two monkeys rescued from deplorable conditions in someone's home have been relocated to a primate sanctuary in Texas, according to Born Free USA. The organization took custody of the primates, a Japanese macaque "snow monkey" and a vervet monkey, after the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area reached out following their investigation of a Pennsylvania home, where they discovered the animals living in cages in an unheated, unsanitary garage.
"The local Humane Society reached out to us because we are equipped to care for monkeys and they wanted to find the best facility for them," Tim Ajax, director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, said in a statement. "We are happy to be able to offer them a better life and begin their rehabilitation -- emotionally and physically -- after their horrific life in a cage as someone's 'pet.'"
The monkeys' new home at the 186-acre sanctuary also has 22 baboons, three vervets and more than 600 other macaques of seven different species, and is the only animal rescue of its kind in the U.S. Most of the sanctuary's residents live in free-ranging groups within various natural enclosures, which are not open to the public in order to protect the animals and afford them maximum freedom.