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Love for Isle of Wight capuchins

Mon 22 Oct 2012

Love for Isle of Wight capuchins

Monkey lovers may wish to book Isle of Wight holidays in order to see a pair of capuchins who have fallen in love.

The Owl and Monkey Haven has been able to match Martin and Lulu after the pair were introduced to each other last week, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

Martin had been on his own since the death of his brother two years ago and Lulu was brought over from a zoo in France to be his new partner.

Despite arriving on the Isle of Wight months ago, Lulu has been in quarantine in a special enclosure until being introduced to Martin for the first time last week.

David Wickes, of the Owl and Monkey Haven, said: "It could not have gone better. They have taken to each other straight away, they are already grooming each other and Martin is protective of Lulu."

He added there is no way the Owl and Monkey Haven would have been able to achieve the match between Martin and Lulu without the support of the public.

Martin is the country’s only white-throated capuchin, so it is likely those interested in the animals had already thought about booking Isle of Wight holidays to see him.

And now he is loved up with Lulu, taking a break on the Isle of Wight and visiting the Owl and Monkey Haven to see how the couple are getting on could become even more appealing.

"It has been amazing that people have been so generous when times are so hard for lots of people," said Mr Wickes.

The Owl and Monkey Haven opened to the public in April 2010 and the location is a rescue centre and sanctuary for primates and birds of prey in need of care and attention.

Subject to the weather, the Owl and Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight is open seven days a week and is one of the island's most popular destinations for tourists during their visit.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801473818-ADNFCR

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