Jersey, The Amputee Monkey
A pet monkey kept in a cage too long is now being cared for here in North Central Florida.
After being a house pet for ten years, Jersey the Brown Capuchin went into a state of depression where he started to hurt himself.
His owners took him to "Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary" in Gainesville where Jersey was treated and saved.
After having his right leg amputated earlier this year, Jersey spent three months in recovery.
He has learned how to use his tail as a leg and can move around freely and even clim.
His previous owner said she bought Jersey when he was just a baby and never thought of him as a wild animal.
She says she's come to realize that they are not pets and doesn't encourage anyone to keep them in cages.
"I thought it would be okay to have him in a home, but I think their natural instincts tell them that a home is not where their supposed to be… that their alot better off here," said Jeresey's previous owner, Tammie Collins.
Caretakers say Jersey is doing so much better… he even has a girlfriend, Elizabeth, a Brown Capuchin just like him!
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