10 Jul, 2024 @ 15:13
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Spain’s Guardia Civil opens investigation after two Gibraltar monkeys found caged in terrible conditions inside garden of Granada resident

One of the Barbary macaque monkeys found in a garden in Granada
One of the Barbary macaque monkeys found in a garden in Granada. Credit: Guardia Civil

SPAIN’S Guardia Civil has opened an investigation after two of Gibraltar’s famous Barbary macaques were located caged in the garden of a resident of Granada.

The 56-year-old resident of the house is facing charges of animal cruelty, among other offences, given that they were being kept in appalling conditions reportedly for as long as 15 years. 

The Guardia Civil was tipped off about the presence of the monkeys in the private home by a member of the public, sparking an investigation by the force’s Eprona nature protection force. 

They determined that the two specimens were indeed present in the home, despite the fact that they are a protected species and that private individuals are not allowed to keep them as pets. 

Read more: Monkey is freed after being held captive for 35 YEARS in Spain

One of the Barbary macaque monkeys found in a garden in Granada is treated by a vet
One of the Barbary macaque monkeys found in a garden in Granada is treated by a vet. Credit: Guardia Civil

Vets from the AAP PRIMADOMUS Foundation were drafted in to help with the rescue of the animals.

They found that the monkeys were being kept in two separated cages, which were rusty and had dangerous spikes. 

The cages lacked the proper hygiene and there was not sufficient water for them, nor shelter in the case of adverse weather conditions for one of the animals.

They also presented symptoms of improper diet and neglect, such as alopecia, dental caries, diabetes and metabolic diseases. 

The Guardia Civil believes that the monkeys had not seen a vet for the length of their 15-year captivity, due to the illegality of the situation.

The animals will now be cared for and rehabilitated by the foundation that assisted with the rescue.

In a statement, the Guardia Civil did not explain how the man came to possess the Barbary macaques, some 300 of which live in the Upper Rock area of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve on the British Overseas Territory. 

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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