Submitted by Steve on 19:21, 10th Apr, 2019 | 0

In December 2007 we welcomed a very unusual visitor to the GSPCA – Kodak, a 5 year old Tufted Capuchin monkey.

Taken from the wild and sold as a pet to a gentleman in Greece, who thankfully realised that to keep Kodak isolated from species of his own kind, was cruel. Kodak was relinquished to a monkey sanctuary in Holland (AAP) and eventually, a place was found for him at the Monkey Sanctuary Trust in Cornwall.

However, the obligatory 6 months quarantine had to be completed. As there are very few quarantine centres that would take this type of exotic animal, we were approached and eventually agreed to take Kodak.

The previous 4 quarantine cat pens at the GSPCA were modified, ropes and swings added, and Kodak came to join us. Looked after mainly by Ian (Kip) Power, Kodak settled in well and his 6 months in isolation passed without any problems with a lot of help from Forest Stores who kindly sponsored Kodak’s dietary requirements’ during his time in Guernsey.

Kodak then made his way over to the UK with Kip to his new home at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall. There he had a very happy time followed online by many of the GSPCA team including Helen Holmes who was very fond of him when Kodak was at the GSPCA and some of the team even went to visit him from time to time.

The team were very saddened when Wild Futures posted this on their facebook page yesterday ‘We are devastated to share with you the sad news that Kodak, one of our much loved capuchins, has sadly passed away. Kodak was an incredible character, loved dearly by humans and monkeys alike. He was an intelligent and courageous monkey, who overcame many obstacles to grow into a confident alpha male, and leader of his small group of capuchins. He will be remembered for his inquisitive nature, his skill of swapping stolen objects back to the care team for a grape or two, his tail banging in excitement of a good meal, but mainly his huge excited scream of hello every morning when he would see his favourite humans for the first time. Rest well Kodak, you will be missed by us all’

The team at the GSPCA are delighted that Kodak had such a lovely time at Wild Futures and send our condolences and thoughts to all that cared and supported such an incredible capuchin.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said ‘Although myself and a number of the team weren’t here in 2007 we all took a few moments to remember Kodak the capuchin as many of the team helped care for him while he was at the GSPCA.’

‘Yvonne, Geoff, Terry and others shared their memories this morning and Helen Holmes was especially upset to hear the news of Kodak’s passing.’

‘It was wonderful to hear he had such a lovely life at Wild Futures where the obviously cared for him very much and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.’

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