Family Group - Long Tailed Macaques (Macaca fascularis)

Family Group - Long Tailed Macaques (Macaca fascularis)

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It’s rare that animals ever leave a laboratory alive, but Betty, Boo and Baloo were the lucky ones. After months of negotiations between two animal rights organisations and a European laboratory, it was agreed that the 3 B’s (as they were nicknamed as we didn’t want to use their lab. names) could start a new life at Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary.

Sadly, the parents of the 3 B’s were wild caught in Mauritius to be used at a breeding facility, Mazor Farm in Israel. Still only juveniles, the 3 B’s were sold to a European laboratory to be used in neurology experiments. After 8 years, they were deemed surplus to requirements and destined for euthanasia until they were released to start their new lives at Lakeview.

Upon arrival, all three monkeys were devoid of any personality, never vocalised and appeared completely blank and emotionless. It took six months of living in a more natural environment, to see each monkey change and start to exhibit their own individual personalities. They are now acting as monkeys should, socialising, grooming, vocalising and experiencing nature; sunshine, rain, birds flying over, insects to catch and other monkey vocalisations. Their lives have changed forever.

Baloo is the leader and protector of the females. He is gentle and tolerant and goes with the flow, never aggressive or dominant. When taking his first steps out into his woodland enclosure, he stood looking up into the sky and trees, a far cry from a lab cage. His first encounter with the woodland ants didn’t go well, as he wasn’t sure how to catch them and ending up with one hanging from his lip as he tried to get it off! Baloo is very alert to any dangers and will always sound the alarm if a fox appears out of the woods or a buzzard flies over head.

Betty is bold and adventurous and always the first to investigate what is happening. She loves her food and will get excited when she sees food coming! 

Boo is a very timid, cautious monkey and will wait until she feels safe before embarking on any activities. When released into her woodland enclosure for the first time, she opened her mouth to catch the rain, ducked as a bird flew over and called to the other monkeys at the sanctuary.

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