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Fight Is On To Save Wild Monkeys Living In Dania Beach – CBS Miami

DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) – The battle is on to avoid wasting monkeys and discover them a brand new residence. They stay in an unlikely a part of Broward county and one group thinks it’s harmful for them, so they’re working to search out them a safer residence.

“I heard about it, but I didn’t think it was true!” exclaimed John Smith.

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“They’re cute,” added retired Hollywood Police Officer Otis Haney.

The monkeys stay in Dania Beach. They have been introduced right here from Africa by Eleanor Roosevelt 70-years-ago for biomedical analysis. About a dozen of the unique bunch escaped, which is how these vivacious little vervets wound up dwelling across the Fort Lauderdale airport .

Now, about 17 monkeys from the identical social group may need to take their monkey business behind closed doorways, nevertheless it’s not as a result of they’re being too wild, however as a result of they’re wild and face loads of hazard.

“Mostly car strikes, electrocutions, and unknown disappearances, meaning the monkey was trapped. It’s mostly females because females don’t leave the social group,” defined Missy Williams, Director of the Dania Beach Vervet Project.

“Since these monkeys are non-native we cannot trap, treat, or release if there’s ever a need for medical treatment,” Williams added.

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Precisely why Williams, who has a Ph.D. in Biology, needs to take about 17 of probably the most weak of the bunch and put them in an enclosed 3.5 acres, only a banana’s throw from the place they at the moment name residence.

“Throughout the 3.5-acre enclosure we would like to build a traveling tunnel system so they can actually move about the entire 3.5-acre system,” mentioned Williams.

She’s hoping the transfer prevents unhappy eventualities like when beloved Cupcake couldn’t persuade her child to latch on, finally shedding her cute little monkeyface to dehydration.

“Typically, they latch on to mom right away, eventually carry the baby on their stomach, but we noticed right away this infant was not latching on,” Williams added.

Despite Williams’ well-intentioned plan, not all are latching on to the concept of placing about one-third of those little rascals into captivity.

“I think they’re doing alright in the wild. There’s plenty of food here for them,” mentioned John Smith.

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How quickly may the vervets make the transfer to their new residence? Well, all of it is determined by how quickly the Dania Beach Vervet Project will get funding and allowing from Fish & Wildlife.

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