There’s no time for monkeying around if you have the skills needed to give a baby spider monkey a new home at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James.
The charity is building a new house for its spider monkeys but is behind deadline and could lose vital funding if the task is not completed on time.
Pam Mansfield, owner of the refuge, secured funding from the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust to replace a dilapidated spider monkey house with a new one. She said: “I haven’t been well this year and was in hospital when I got a call that one of the spider monkeys had had a baby and the volunteers didn’t know what to do.
“I had to leave hospital and get back to the refuge because mum Faye’s daughter had grabbed the baby and wouldn’t let her go.
“Fortunately we had some premature baby teets and I bought some SMA milk on the way home. I’ve hand-reared her since then because her mum is blind and 40 years old.
“It was such a shock when she was born and she is a ‘little monkey’, always throwing things at my dog, Gipsey.
“I called her Stephie. At the moment she’s having to live with me, because we need to finish the new monkey house as the old one is dilapidated.
“There’s just a couple of months to go to deadline and we need help putting melamine on the walls, installing doors, moving the old cages and putting them in the trenches which have been dug – and lots of other jobs.
“We urgently need volunteers to come forward. It’s our only hope.”
Members of the public will be able to view the work of the refuge and see more than 300 animals, repiles and birds at its open day on Sunday, July 19, from 10am to 5pm.
If you would like to be a volunteer, call 01778 345923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org