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Two marmoset monkeys seized from Plymouth flat

Thursday, November 3, 2011

TWO marmoset monkeys seized from a Cattedown flat by the RSPCA are now being cared for at a monkey sanctuary.

Police accompanied an RSPCA inspector to a flat in Teats Hill Road, Cattedown on the morning of October 29 following a complaint of monkeys being kept "in alleged poor conditions".

As a result of initial investigations two monkeys were seized by officials under the Animal Welfare Act.

The owner, a man in his 50s, is now understood to be assisting the RSPCA with its inquiries.

A spokesman for the RSPCA confirmed they had seized two marmosets, described as a six-month-old female and a two-year-old male, and the creatures were now "looked after in private care".

The spokesman said the matter was "under investigation" and no further comment could be given until the conclusion of the matter.

It is understood the police and RSPCA inspector were accompanied by Dr Alison Cronin, MBE, a primate expert and director of Monkey World in Dorset.

Dr Cronin said she was asked to assist the officers to monitor the "health, welfare and conditions" of the marmosets.

She said: "Marmosets should stay with their mothers for at least a year. They live in extended family groups, not as individuals.

She confirmed the two marmosets seized were now being looked after at Monkey World, which already has 12 common marmosets.

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