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Tortured lab monkey found with surgery scars, traces of broken bones and cigarette burns

An exotic  monkey was discovered with torture wounds and scars from being kept as a medical lab animal.

The capuchin - called Daisy - is thought to have been taken from her mother as an infant and put in a laboratory breeding facility where she was operated on.

The animal was eventually confiscated from an exotic animal breeder in Wales where she had been left isolated.

Rescuers found her body covered in healed cigarette burns and surgery scars and her fingers had all previously been fractured.

She is now being nursed back to health at Wild Futures in Looe, Cornwall, where she will be given specialist care and attention.

The cute creature will also join other capuchins rescued from the pet trade.

Primate keeper, Sharon Perry, said: “It is just fantastic that we managed to raise the funds to be able to transport Daisy safely to the sanctuary and cover the costs of her ongoing care.

"She has been to visit the vets for a thorough check-up and will now spend a month in isolation before she can be introduced to some new monkey friends.

"We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported Daisy’s appeal and helped us to change Daisy’s life for the better."

Wild Futures have now taken in more than 30 capuchins, many rescued from conditions of abuse and neglect in the primate pet trade.

Ms Perry said: “Although Daisy is now safe at our sanctuary, her appeal is still running, as any extra funds raised are also vital to help cover costs of a specialist diet.

"We spend £30,000 a year on monkey food here at the sanctuary and there are other monkeys on our waiting list that also need rescuing.

"The more people that know about Daisy’s story and the plight of others like her in the UK primate pet trade, the better."

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