In early January, Daisy finally made it to her new home, her sad face hinting at the long road of life that preceded her arrival. Thankfully, things are already starting to look up for her.
"Within the first couple of days, we've started to notice that she's communicating with the other capuchins that she can see, which is always a wonderful thing to see in a monkey with her background," says Marchbanks.
"Soon, she'll start to explore the territory. The keepers will be keeping a close eye on her, and we'll establish which monkeys she's most interested in and which social group she's most likely to set into. Socialization is a very slow process, and, obviously because of her age, we have to be extra careful. But we have quite a lot of other elderly capuchins here, and we're pretty confident that Daisy's lust for life, spirit and energy will mean that she's very keen to make friends."
Daisy's sad life story is hardly surprising for her keepers. Each of the 30 capuchin monkeys at Wild Futures sanctuary was also rescued after being kept as a pet.
"What tends to happen is that people keep these very cute babies in the house - then they start to grow up," says Marchbanks. "Although capuchins aren't large monkeys, they are extremely powerful, and the males in particular become extremely aggressive and powerful in their teenage years. That's when people no longer can really handle them or look after them."
Monkeys kept as pets are prone to develop a number of physical and psychological ailments as a result of poor diets and the traumas of being raised apart from their families. Sadly, though, the primate pet trade is still legal in the U.K., though the sanctuary hopes that stories like Daisy's will help change that for others like her.
"Wild Futures sanctuary is campaigning to end the primate pet trade. We don't believe that anyone should be owning these wild animals as domestic pets; every owner that we've met will tell you the same story," says Marchbanks.
"We're working hard to try to push that through as legislation to end the pet trade, and the first part is to raise awareness. Most people aren't even aware that it is legal to own monkeys as pets in the U.K."
In the United States, laws on keeping primates as pets vary from state to state, but animal welfare campaigners have launched a petition calling for the United States Department of Agriculture to enact a ban on the practice nationwide.
To learn about how you can help Daisy and the other monkeys at Wild Futures, visit the sanctuary's website here.