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Is Charlie the oldest monkey of her kind?

Vervet monkey Charlie is thought to be the oldest monkey of kind in the UK. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

Vervet monkey Charlie is thought to be the oldest monkey of kind in the UK. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

Charlie the vervet monkey, who is housed at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary, is thought to be the oldest monkey of her kind in the UK.

She was born at the 
seal sanctuary on Christmas Day in 1990 and is currently 23-years-old and in 
monkey years this puts her over 100.

Owner of Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary, Dennis Drew, believes that she may in fact be the oldest vervet monkey in the UK, if not the world.

Dennis explained: “I have been speaking to a number of the main zoos from across the country and so far no-one can match her age so, we are thinking that Charlie could be the oldest monkey of her kind that is still alive in the UK.

“We also think she could be the oldest vervet monkey in the world, but we are still undergoing research to see if this is correct.

“So if you see Charlie around at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and you think she isn’t moving around very much, just remember her age equivalence is that of a 100-year-old woman.

“She gets regular checks from the vet, so please do not be unduly worries if she is resting, but treat her with the respect she deserves and join us in celebrating the long life of a grand old lady of the monkey world.”

The enclosure in which she lives in was built especially for her and it even has underfloor heating so she doesn’t get cold in the winter.

Even at her ripe old age, Charlie still very much enjoys her food.

One of her all time favourites in corn on the cob, which is grown especially for her to enjoy.

 

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