Baby monkey TikTok saved from ‘miserable life’ in Essex locked in a parrot cage

A baby monkey that was cruelly kept in a parrot cage as a household pet has found a new loving home at a rescue centre.

The marmoset, named TikTok, was discovered after an inspector from the RSPCA visited a property in Greys, Essex, reports the BBC.

TikTok was just a few months old and had been taken from his parents prematurely leaving the monkey in a fragile state.

The RSPCA confirmed that the baby monkey was re-homed at Monkey World in Dorset and had already been taken in by a pair of adult marmosets.

RSPCA inspector Jack Taylor said: "I was shocked by the conditions this poor boy was living in.

"He was living a miserable life, left all alone in a parrot cage with none of his essential needs being met.

"Just like humans, primates can become depressed without adequate stimulation.

"Sadly, inspectors like me are still seeing shocking situations where monkeys are cooped up in bird cages, fed fast food, sugary drinks or even Class A drugs, living in dirt and squalor and suffering from disease."

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Staff at Monkey World described a beautiful moment when TikTok cried out and a female marmoset called Clydie responded, along with her partner Ronnie.

"Sadly, Inspectors like me are still seeing shocking situations where monkeys are cooped up in bird cages, fed fast food, sugary drinks or even Class A drugs, deprived of companions of their own kind, living in dirt and squalor and suffering from disease," Jack added.

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