Store boss builds a mum for or­phan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

AN OR­PHANED mon­key has found a sur­ro­gate mum with a big heart... OK, a big plas­tic heart! The lit­tle De Brazza’s mon­key is be­ing hand-raised at Port Lympne Wild An­i­mal Park.

But when Jonathan Cage, man­ager of the Build-A-Bear Work­shop in Can­ter­bury, found out he rushed to find a pal, com­plete with beat­ing heart.

He se­lected a brown cud­dly mon­key with a replica heart­beat that trig­gers when the baby squeezes it.

Jonathan said: “We were de­lighted to do some­thing to help and hope that the cud­dly mon­key will com­fort her while she is not able to feel the warmth of her mum.”

Si­mon Jef­fery, head of the pri­mate sec­tion, had to take a quick de­ci­sion to hand-rear the baby af­ter mum, 19-year-old Bam­boo, gave birth by cae­sarean sec­tion.

A dif­fi­cult and ex­haust­ing labour re­sulted in her be­ing un­able to show the usual ma­ter­nal in­stincts.

Hav­ing hand-reared the baby’s brother Hog­gle four years ago, as well as Key­mon, a baby diana mon­key last year, the keep­ers were aware of the ad­van­tage of pro­vid­ing the baby with a toy to cud­dle up to.

The baby mon­key is be­ing cared for by keep­ers un­der the watch­ful eye of Mr Jef­fery.

Dur­ing the day, she spends time in an area close to the other mon­keys so that she will recog­nise nor­mal mon­key habits and be­hav­iour, their noises and move­ments.

The or­phaned mon­key is be­ing hand-reared

Pri­mate keeper Matt Crit­ten­den with Build-A-Bear Work­shop man­ager Jonathan Cage

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