Milan the Squirrel Monkey has settled into Monkey Haven after a traumatic start in life. She was rescued from the cruel pet trade, when an animal lover spotted her for sale on a Spanish website.
She had a broken arm, which was probably caused by being forced into clothing, such as the flamenco dress that she wore in the advert. She also has a humped back caused by a preventable condition called rickets, which leads to fragile bones and deformities. This is common in animals that don’t get enough sunlight or a proper balanced diet.
In the wild these sociable little sweeties live in troops of up to 500 – and unlike most monkeys, they’re happy for other primates and birds to join them. They live in trees (arboreal) and the females rule the roost.