On a Very Sad note. Lovely Lovely Charlie at Monkey World passed away last weekend. On Sunday, just after we had visited.
We returned to Charlies' pavillion time and time again, trying to see him, but were told that he had been in the Tunnel to the Bedrooms, or in the bedrooms all week, only coming down once or twice for feeding.
He was a poor wee soul, who had spent the last 20 years at Monkey World after being seriously mistreated in Spain as a Beach Photographer's Prop. All but 4 of his teeth had been knocked out, he had a fractured jaw, weighed about 1/3 of the normal weight for a monkey of his age, and had been severely beaten.
At Monkey World he had found sanctuary and love and an especially close bond with Jim Cronin the founder, and Jeremy the Sanctury Manager. Monkey World had reported that over the last year or so, Charlies weight had dropped and he had slowed down - Charlie was prone to Displaying at passing Tanks from the nearby Tank MUseum (HE HATED THEM). He adored Jim, and perhaps when Jim died, he out of all the monkeys noticed his absence.
He was an odd boy, but adored by everyone who visited, or heard of him from Monkey Life Tv show. It was our one sadness of our visit last week that we never caught sight of him, but we are happy that we know that his last days would have been spent in the arms of his friend Jeremy, and now, he'll be in a big Monkey World park in the Sky with his mate Jim.