Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Helping Hands: Capuchin Monkeys Help Immobilized Individuals

Capuchins, indigenous to South America and the most intelligent of the new world monkeys, weigh between 6-8 lbs. and are ideal for assisting home bound mobility impaired individuals. The primates of Helping Hands are born at a closed colony at the Southwick Zoo in the Boston area. They live with volunteer foster families until they are mature enough to go to training at the Helping Hands Monkey college. During the three to five years in training, the monkeys are taught to respond to commands, and learn tasks like fetching, turning on lights, scratching an itch on a face, and flipping pages of a book. Positive reinforcement is used to teach these important tasks. The monkeys, using their hands to perform functional tasks are able to do what no other assistance animal can accomplish. The most important thing they can do is fetch a dropped phone. more

1 comment:

jass said...

Good information.

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