||Six months old|
||Common Marmoset Monkey|
||Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada|
am Thai, a male Common Marmoset Monkey who lives in Alberta, Canada
with my family who owns and operates Chaotic Exotics Small Animal, Bird
and Reptile Rescue. I was born in Alberta on March 17, 2003 (St.
Patrick's Day) and am the only primate that can be legally owned in this
province. I now serve as a part of an education program for Chaotic
Exotics that goes to schools, nursing homes and other functions in our
area. I hate to say it, but I always seem to be the highlight and get
lots of attention. I wonder if it's because I'm so cute? My family is
really great as they have given me a big house to live in filled with
lots of toys and lots of love. Toys are very important to primates
because without them I would get very bored and start bad and
destructive habits. But, since I have lots to entertain me, I am just
fine in my environment. I also love to watch and "tease" the two cats
and the dog in my house. It's alot of fun!!
I always wear a special harness made just for me so I can safely visit
with people in my community and in the schools that I go to. The
education program is great because I help teach people... especially
kids, all about me and others like me that live in the wilds of Brazil.
Although my captive diet is different than a wild diet, we do share one
of the most important foods to marmosets and that is sap. Marmosets are
sap eaters and it is very important to our health to eat it, so in
captivity my mommies feeds me "Marmoset Jelly" that is purchased from
Mazuri. I also eat insects, fruits and veggies, cooked meat, eggs,
cheese, nuts, fruits loops for a treat, pasta, canned marmoset food, dry
marmoset food and my favorite...yogurt! I eat lots of specialty marmoset
foods because they have all the vitamins and nutrients my body needs.
Marmosets are not the best pet for everyone because we are a little hard
to look after. We need lots of room, lots of attention, and we can be a
bit tricky due to the fact that we can catch the human cold really easy
and it could be fatal. Another reason why we don't make great indoor
pets is because we are "smelly" due to the fact that we have natural
scent glands. I also need a UVB light in my cage and as much natural
sunlight as I can get so my bones and body stay strong and healthy. I am
also supposed to eat oranges for the vitamin C but I just won't do it
because I think it tastes "yucky."
I love to play games with my mommies and my favorite is "peek-a-boo."
One of my mommies has long hair and I love playing in it and attacking
her pony tail. I also like to ride around on their shoulders in the
house and help with the chores...well, at least I think I'm helping but
they think I'm being a nuisance! I also like to help make all the other
animals supper because I know there is always some treat in it for me.
I'm just so cute!
Hey, did you know that Common Marmosets are one of the smallest primates
in the world? I was at the vet lately and I only weigh a half a pound.
There is a lot to learn about Common Marmoset Monkeys so why don't you do
some research on us. I know you'll be glad you did because I am a pretty
amazing monkey. But anyway, I hope you enjoyed hearing about me and
seeing my cute picture. Although most of the other animals who arrive
here will find new homes, I will always live here with my family. They
have big hearts and I'm just little, so I think I'll stay.