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Little orphaned monkey becomes best friends with 2 kittens
Now, Horace is all grown up and helping many other animals in need.
Rachel Shapiro
09.23.21

A tiny monkey had a tough start to life. The monkey lost his mother when he was too young to take care of himself. And so, he was brought to a sanctuary in Zimbabwe called the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary.

The sanctuary workers named the monkey Horace.

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Because the sanctuary was understaffed, though, they decided to raise all their rescue animals together. The staff was worried that all the different animals at the sanctuary wouldn’t get along.

But Horace ended up becoming good friends with some surprising animals!

The founder of the sanctuary, Sarah Carter, said,

“His mom had been hit by a car on a very busy highway. He’s lucky that he got picked up by the right person, who then brought him here.”

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Because the sanctuary was understaffed, the sanctuary was forced to take care of Horace in the same group as the rest of the other animals.

Although the sanctuary staff was worried that all these different animals wouldn’t get along, they couldn’t be more wrong!

Horace quickly started developing close bonds with the other animals at the sanctuary. Although Horace tragically lost his mother, he now spends his time making new friends every day.

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Since Horace first joined the sanctuary, there have been a lot more monkeys that have been adopted. Horace, however, still spends more time with his cat and dog friends.

Sarah says,

“He runs around in the middle of the night, in the dark, with the cats. All the other monkeys go to sleep when it starts to get dark, because that’s their instinct. Meanwhile, Horace is busy running around the garden at 10 o’clock at night. He’s a character.”

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

When Horace isn’t off on an adventure, you can probably find him lounging around with his cat friends. Great thing they make excellent pillows!

The goal of the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary is to take care of and rehab rescued animals until they are capable of living on their own in the wild.

Although Horace has long passed the point where he would be allowed to leave, Horace has continually elected to stay at the sanctuary.

Horace has even started to take a bigger role at the sanctuary. Because he’s been there since the early days, Horace now serves as a guide to other newly orphaned animals in the sanctuary.

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Sarah says,

“We get lots of orphaned animals coming in, so you can’t always pair them with the same animal. But for them to be able to be with another creature is really healing and comforting for them, no matter if they’re different.

We learned that from Horace. They form these amazing bonds. It just brings so much comfort to all of them.”

Horace knows firsthand how hard it can be to grow up alone. That’s why he’s made it his mission to make sure no animal in the sanctuary feels lonely or scared. Sarah leaves us with this,

“Horace is a very special member of the Twala family. His ability to find companionship with so many other species is such a wonderful life lesson for everyone.

His antics and his endearing personality brighten our lives and remind us why we do what we do at Twala — he is the very best example of a rescued animal making the absolute most of his second chance.”

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Facebook/Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Horace is an incredibly empathetic animal who has helped many of the new animals at the sanctuary feel at home. This includes a rescue dog, Ballantyne, who lost his owner and was a bit aggressive when he arrived at the sanctuary. Still, Horace made him feel welcome in his own special way.

Check out the video of Horace and Ballantyne below!

Please SHARE Horace the friendly monkey with your friends and family!

Horace the monkey befriends a rescue dog

Some of you will remember Horace's decision to befriend Ballantyne, a rescue dog who lost his owner under the most traumatic circumstances. Ballantyne is a sensitive, sometimes aggressive dog because of his history of being abandoned on the streets to fend for himself after his owner passed away. Horace's hand of friendship is still only tentatively extended because he instinctively understands the risks of approaching a large and unpredictable dog, but he's making progress with a butt inspection and a teeny tail nibble! Baby Chilli (we also have a Big Chilli 🌶️) however is a different story. Despite being one of the smallest members of the Waggley Tail Club she firmly believes monkeys belong in trees and not in her garden. Sometimes Horace just has to accept that you can't be friends with everybody and that making a casual retreat is sometimes the best way to save face 🙈#Horace #animals #notapet #sanctuary #volunteer #travel #nature #ecotourism #ethical #twalatrustanimalsanctuary #PoweredbyZol

Posted by The Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary on Thursday, September 16, 2021

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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