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Epidermolysis Bullosa sufferer Harry Churchill and family get tour of Monkey World

WHAT a cheeky monkey!

Poole toddler Harry Churchill had a whale of a time when his family were treated to a VIP tour of Monkey World – even getting up close to the ringtailed lemurs for a feeding session.

Harry, two, and his little brother Cody, eight weeks, both suffer from Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare and painful genetic condition that causes their skin to blister.

The trip to Monkey World ape rescue centre, near Wareham, was the first proper family day out for them and parents Chris Churchill and Steph Green, who spoke out about their experiences in the Daily Echo back in July.

The foursome got to ride around the park in a buggy with their very own special tour guide, Monkey World’s education officer Mike Colbourne.

The first stop on their tour was to the Orangutan nursery.

Chris, from Turlin Moor, said: “Harry really loved the golf buggy and kept reaching over to use the steering wheel!

“He liked looking at the animals from a distance best. It was the first time all four of us had been out, and he really enjoyed himself.”

As the boys are so special, they were given the rare opportunity of sitting inside the lemur enclosure and handfeeding them.

Mr Colbourne said: “I think when the lemurs first came over Harry was a bit worried, but once he realised they weren’t as boisterous as the Orangutans he was really quite fascinated.

“Visitors can walk through where the lemurs are, but we don’t normally allow anyone to feed them.

“It’s against the rules because the idea is that people see them as wild as possible.

“This was an extra special thing for extra special people. We had great fun, and I hope the family had a nice relaxing day.”

Harry then made friends with Peanut and Pungo the gibbons.

Staff at Monkey World gave Harry a cuddly toy and a pair of cheeky monkey pyjamas to take back home with him.


Harry Churchill his father Chris at their Monkey World tour with Monkey World Education Officer Mike Colbourne
Harry Churchill his father Chris at their Monkey World
tour with Monkey World Education Officer Mike Colbourne

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