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John-Paul Clark

Three monkeys found being kept as pets in 'tiny parrot cage' by Scots animal charity

Three monkeys have been rescued by an animal charity after they were found being kept as pets and locked up in a tiny parrot cage.

The marmosets, tropical monkeys native to Brazil, were rescued by the charity, New Arc, in Aberdeenshire and are now living in their new 'forever home' at Fife Zoo. The animals had been kept in 'appalling conditions' by their owners before they were found.

Pictures have shown the cage, which is covered in rust, leaving barely enough space for just one monkey - with New Arc revealing their findings have suggested at least six monkeys could have been kept in the enclosure at one stage.

Following a period of recovery the monkeys, Mama and her children Mila and Mycroft, are said to be living comfortably at Fife Zoo. They have access to a brand-new living space featuring specially selected plants, climbing branches and hiding spaces.

New Arc normally rescue domestic animals such as rabbits and gerbils but were stunned to discover Mama, Mila and Mycroft living in the parrot cage with little space or heating and no stimulation.

The charity believe that there may have been six of the monkeys living in the cage. (Fife Zoo)

After rescuing the trio, the charity contacted Fife Zoo who agreed to provide a new home for the animals and quickly built them their purpose-built enclosure.

Fife Zoo’s Director, Mike Knight, said: "The three marmosets have had a terrible start to life and were rescued from horrendous conditions.

"Exotic animals such as marmosets do not make good pets and require specialist care to maintain their overall health and well-being.

One of the monkeys exploring their new enviroment. (Fife Zoo)

"When we received the call from The New Arc, we were keen to offer our support and it was fortunate that we had the facilities available to provide the marmosets with a new home.

"The marmosets have a forever home here at the zoo and we will provide them with everything they need to have the best possible quality of life."

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