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11:01am 9th November 2013

A call goes out for more help to look after Cornwall's monkeys.

Wild Futures Sanctuary near Looe says vets' bills are topping £6,000 as the number being rescued rises.

That is because many of the former pets are diabetics.

A third of the rescued monkeys have blood sugar related problems because of the poor diet they had as pets and require medication and a strictly controlled diet.

Grips is a capuchin monkey who was born in captivity and kept as a pet.  His mum died shortly after his birth.  He was named Grips due to the way he would grip to his owner in the way that he would have gripped to his mum as many vulnerable baby monkeys do.

When Grips was rescued by Wild Futures in 2010, he was found to be emaciated and losing fur.  Sadly, he was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, having been fed sugary fruit, sweets and biscuits as a pet.

Senior Primate Keeper, Claire Turnbull, said: "It's really sad to see so many precious animals suffering with issues caused by ignorance.  I have never met a pet owner that has deliberately set out to harm their monkey; it is lack of education.  I have seen monkey pet owners weep when they come to our Sanctuary and realise the damage they have done.  It would be impossible to continue with our work without public support and so we are appealing to the public at our time of need to help us continue in our vital work."

Find out how you can help here.

11:01am 9th November 2013

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