Sunday, January 20, 2013
Helper Monkeys – Interesting Service Animals
Trained service monkeys are another type of assistance animal. They are in some ways similar to an assistance dog.
Properly trained service monkeys often help quadriplegics. The trained primates also help people with severe spinal cord injuries or other mobility impairments.
It might take 7 years to train on average. Luckily trained service monkeys might serve 25–30 years. This is triple the span of Labrador or German Sheppard dogs. Capuchin monkeys might live into their fourth decade.
Capuchin service animals undergo extensive training. Capuchin service animal tasks can be microwaving food, or opening pill bottles. Capuchin service animals are often reasonably good at washing the quadriplegic's face, and putting straws into drinks after hearing the request from the disabled person.