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January 8, 2004

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Thai, the Pet of the Day
Name: Thai
Age: Six months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Common Marmoset Monkey
Home: Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
 
   I 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.

      Love, Thai

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