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.
Both of the newly rescued monkeys will have to spend thirty days in quarantine for evaluation and treatment before they will be free to join proper social groups. After that, Ajax believes the two primates will be off to a happier life.
"[These monkeys] came from confinement without the proper socialization required for these wild animals," Ajax said. "This means we have a lot of work ahead to give them a better, healthier life. We're up to the challenge."