Two macaques rescued from Granada hell hole

15 years in a rusty lock-up Credit: Guardia Civil

Acting on a tip off, members of the Guardia Civil Seprona nature preservation team discovered two Barbary macaques in the courtyard of a property in Granada.

Kept in a rusty lock-up

It is believed that the two monkeys of the species  Macaca sylvanus (also known as Gibraltar macaque) had been kept for approximately 15 years and it may well be that they were taken from one of the troupes in Gibraltar or possibly Morocco where they exist in small numbers.

When officers arrived, they discovered the male and female were being kept separated and in unhygienic conditions in rusty lock-ups without easy access to water and in one case without shelter in case of rain.

Vets who accompanied the officers confirmed that the two monkeys were in a poor state of health both physically and mentally.

Two laws were broken

The 56-year-old owner is to be charged with breaking two laws, firstly keeping protected animals under the CITES Convention without permission (which is rarely if ever given to private individuals).

Secondly the treatment the monkeys received will be considered a case of animal abuse.

In the meantime, the macaques are being cared for by the AAP PRIMADOMUS Foundation and even if they are found to be been ‘kidnapped’ from Gibraltar it seems highly unlikely that they could fit back in to any of the colonies there.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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