A monkey in need? We’re nappy to help!

It was just another day at the office for staff at a city healthcare firm – until they took an unusual phone order for premature baby nappies.

The order was for an endangered woolly monkey called Bueno Junior, whose birth at Monkey World in November last year stunned everybody at the Dorset rescue centre.

Bueno Junior

Bueno Junior

Life has already been a struggle for baby Bueno, who was rejected at birth by his mum Sara.

But Attends Lifestyles, which ships care products worldwide from its headquarters at Calder Park, has done its bit by donating 24 cases of special nappies.

It will make life a bit easier for monkey expert Dr Alison Cronin, who has become a surrogate mother to the little ape.

Zoe Bentley, who took the call at Attends, said: “Dr Cronin explained that there had been an unexpected birth and that she needed some nappies as soon as possible, as she was hand-rearing the monkey.

“Everyone in the office was excited and keen to help this newborn baby monkey get the best start in life.

“We are now in regular contact with Monkey World and are pleased to hear that Bueno is fit and healthy and keeping Alison on her toes. We are planning a trip to Dorset to visit him this summer.”

Staff at the rescue centre only realised Sara was pregnant when they found her having contractions. And after a difficult labour Bueno was born by Caesarean section, weighing in at just 15 ounces.

He is one of just a few woolly monkeys ever to be born in captivity – and he will have to be hand-reared for months until he can join the 17 other woolly monkeys at Monkey World.

Dr Cronin, the park’s director, said the adult woolly monkeys were kind and loving towards returning youngsters.

She said: “We owe Attends a huge thank you. Nappies that are used in hospitals for premature babies are perfect, but they are not easy to find.

“We tried major companies and luckily Attends came through for little Bueno. He is becoming more and more active, climbing and leaping, so having some good fitting nappies is a godsend.”

Woolly monkeys live in the rainforest of South America in social groups of up to 45, and are known for their tails which can grasp onto branches.

In the wild they are hunted by jaguars and certain eagles.

But their main predators are humans, who have left the species highly endangered by destroying their habitat, killing them for food and using them in the illegal pet trade.

See a slideshow of Bueno at www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk