Peaches was listed by her owners in Virginia as “available” online. It was evident the owners did not understand the requirements of housing or general care of a primate. This little Java Macaque had spent 5 years of her life living in a small iron parrot cage. The cage was filthy, her water bowl rusted, and she had a child’s toy size plastic tire hanging in the middle of the cage which was used as her bed. The cage was padlocked and so was she. She had a waist collar on that was locked and never adjusted, and as Peaches grew, the belt grew tighter. It had to be cut off and resulted in permanent scars. She was filthy, she smelled, her hair was sparse from improper diet and she had muscle dystrophy from lack of space and exercise, and rectal problems from straining. Later, it was determined she suffered from second hand smoke as well. We believe she ate mainly canned fruits and monkey chow soaked in dirty water. She had no sunlight or freedom to go outdoors for five years. It took us years to rehabilitate her so she could jump, climb, eat, grow hair, and gain weight. She was just 6 pounds when she arrived. We had never seen such a tiny macaque. It’s been a long road for Peaches, but today, she enjoys the company of her friend Lily and a life full of sunshine and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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