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In Pont-Scorff, the new life of laboratory monkeys [Vidéo] – Brittany




Kiwi, pineapple, a few raspberries and, above all, very juicy clementines. Without taking their eyes off their visitors for the day, the monkeys feast in silence. They even ask for more. “Like children, they prefer sweet things. But we’re going slowly because it’s not good for their teeth,” says Mathieu Châtaigner, the caretaker in charge of primates at Terres de Nataé. In front of him, four crab-eating macaques, recognizable by their long tails and their strong character. “They are always trying to quibble. They have already stolen a padlock from me”, smiles the trainer.

Mathieu Châtaigner, trainer in charge of primates at Terres de Nataé, gets to know the four crab-eating macaques who arrived at the beginning of October. ((The Telegram/Dominique Morvan))

They were just numbers

These are the youngest of the animal park of Pont-Scorff, arrived at the beginning of October from a laboratory. Even if it’s not obvious. “They are in great shape and not at all marked by what they have been through. The only thing that reminds us of their past is their tattoos”, specifies Mathieu. Until now, these four young males were only numbers, used by the pharmaceutical industry and promised to be euthanized. The Lands of Natae will give them a first name

and a new life.

Committed to the protection of animals in danger, the Morbihan park has decided to mobilize to save these macaques. Crabeaters have recently been placed on the red list of endangered species. “We have the image of an animal that eats what tourists in Asia give it and we say to ourselves that it cannot be in danger. In fact, yes,” emphasizes Sébastien Musset. The director didn't hesitate long when asked by Le Graal. The association has saved more than 6,000 laboratory animals from euthanasia since 2005. Terres de Natae supports this action.
Terres de Nataé in Pont-Scorff: crab-eating macaques

((Photo The Lands of Natae/Julien Dujardin))

“We want to offer them a happy and serene continuation of life”

“In view of the refuge we want to create, called L'Arche de Nataé, it obviously makes sense for us to welcome these monkeys. We want to offer them a happy and serene life afterward,” insists Sébastien Musset. The animal park does not intend to stop there. Two other crab-eating macaques are already expected in March 2023. And eventually, it is planned to host ten. In the great outdoors.
Croquettes, eggs, insects, vegetables, branches, leaves, crab-eating macaques eat everything. But they have a weakness for fruit. The four collected in Pont-Scorff are however not fans of fish.

Croquettes, eggs, insects, vegetables, branches, leaves, crab-eating macaques eat everything. But they have a weakness for fruit. The four collected in Pont-Scorff are however not fans of fish. ((Photo The Lands of Natae/Julien Dujardin))

Karine Ferri “godmother of heart”

“For the moment, they are indoors because we have taken them in urgently, but we are going to dedicate a nice space to them with a modular aviary allowing the new ones to be isolated, while they acclimatise, and a basin so that they can bathe. Significant work will be carried out. Cost of the project: approximately 220,000 euros. The Lands of Nataé have already collected more than half of this sum. “Le Graal will help us, as well as a company from the Lorient conurbation. For the remaining 100,000 euros, we will turn to laboratories, Breton companies and individuals”. They can also count on TF1 host Karine Ferri, who agreed to be the godmother of this operation: “When I learned that the Terres de Nataé, a park-refuge close to where we live, in this case, I was very touched. I am happy to be able to support them.”

* Three proposals will be made for each macaque. It will be up to Internet users to choose the first name of each one.

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