I never thought that, in my lifetime, I would ever type the words "special needs monkey." Not altogether and not in that order. It's just something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do -- like fly to the moon.
Then a friend of mine passed along this article titled “Special Needs Monkey Celebrates,” which recounts the recent birthday party of a mentally-disabled capuchin monkey that is in danger of being evicted from an Australian zoo. Below are my three favorite paragraphs from this incredible piece of journalism:
They made special cards, queued to wish him Happy Birthday, and one youngster brought a banana tied with a bow to help Ricky, the special-needs monkey, celebrate his 15th - and possibly last - birthday at Natureland.
Ricky, who was left badly brain-damaged after being brutalised by a jealous sibling when he was born, has been in the media spotlight following the council's announcement, with staff and the public expressing concern at what might happen to him should the zoo close.
Their mother, Jody Pettis, said Damien had been excited to see Ricky, and had been chanting, "Monkey, monkey" as soon as he entered the park.Oh, and earlier today I got to blog an article about an amputee goat that was adopted by an amputee owner. I really don’t know where we go from here.