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Saved: Kodak the Capuchin

Kodak is a wild-caught capuchin monkey, who was exported from Guyana in South America to Greece, at the age of one year old. In 2003, he was sold by a primate dealer to an Athens resident. As Kodak matured, his owner became increasingly aware that the monkey needed the companionship of his own species. However he was unable to secure a companion for Kodak, due to a ban on the import of wild-caught primates. He concluded that Kodak would be better off in a sanctuary and handed him to the AAP Exotic Animal Sanctuary in the Netherlands.

Upon being alerted by the sanctuary that a permanent home was needed for Kodak ADI immediately offered to step in and fund his relocation. To date it has been a long journey for little Kodak, who only still at a relatively young and tender age has travelled extensively from Guyana in South America to Greece and the Netherlands before ADI stepped in to fund the next stage of his epic journey. Once all the necessary paper work was completed ADI accompanied Kodak to Guernsey for the compulsory six month quarantine period where we funded the construction of purpose built enclosures before he was allowed to embark on the final stage of his journey to Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall. This would now be Kodak‚Äôs new home.

It was a tense moment when Kodak arrived at the sanctuary enduring what was to be his final journey in his relatively short years. It was decided that he should be introduced slowly to other capuchins as staff needed to be sure that he would be accepted and bond with a group that would become his new family. Kodak has met Joey, a gentle male with a lust for life, and he is becoming a great first friend for Kodak.

Joey had endured a similar start in life to Kodak; being taken from the wild then kept in a small cage all alone in London where he suffered terribly. Due to poor diet and a lack of natural light Joey, tragically, developed a number of physical ailments such as a curved spine, displaced hips and problems with his mouth. Despite the great suffering he has endured, he retains a gentle and positive nature and is a wonderful first contact for Kodak as he returns to the world of capuchins.

At their first meeting Kodak immediately took to his new companion with gusto and excitement; initially he was even a little too rough with his delicate friend, making no allowance for any of his health issues. Albeit a little rough for Joey everyone was delighted to witness a successful introduction and a glimpse as to what would hopefully develop into a great friendship.

Upon their second meeting all concerns were now addressed towards poor Joey, staff hoped that Kodak would be more sensitive towards his new friend as opposed to their boisterous first encounter. As if in preparation for their next meeting, Kodak was given a fast lesson that Joey could give as good as he got as the two capuchin monkeys embarked on playful rough and tumble. Subsequent meetings have all gone well and it is hoped that over a period of time Kodak, along with Joey, will slowly be introduced to the other capuchins until they can be fully integrated into a whole new family group with the potential of living a full and happy life for another 30 years or more. This is an exciting, if not nervous time, for Kodak.

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