Baby Monkey Whose Mother Was Killed by a Power Line Gets the Help He Needs

Vincent was just a few weeks old when his life was tragically forever changed. Despite losing his mother and being left with life-threatening injuries, he was lucky enough to find himself in the care of rescuers who helped him heal.

Vincent is a howler monkey who lives in Costa Rica, where many of his kind suffer from being electrocuted on uninsulated power lines and transformers.

His mother was fatally electrocuted, and when she died, she slumped over Vincent, pinning his small body against the uninsulated transformer that took her life.

He was so small at the time, it wasn’t clear whether or not he would survive. He suffered from severe third degree burns to his hands and face; the skin on his forehead had been burned down to the bone leaving an indentation, his left eye was burned closed and most of his left earlobe had been burned off.

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Fortunately, he was taken in by Costa Rica’s Refuge for Wildlife in Nosara (Fundación Albergue de Animales de Nosara), where he received the critical care he needed.

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He cried almost constantly for his mother in the beginning, but soon his wounds began to heal. Today, he’s becoming independent, and spends his time climbing and playing with the other orphaned babies in the Refuge’s nursery, who will eventually all be returned back to the wild when they’re ready.

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The Refuge responds to 200 wildlife emergencies every year, which makes all the difference for howler monkeys, and other wild animals who benefit from rescue, rehabilitation and release, or long-term care when it’s needed.

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Now, International Animal Rescue (IAR), which has become well-known for its work helping orangutans, slow lorises and other animals in Indonesia, is going to be supporting the Refuge’s lifesaving work through contributions that will go toward day-to-day operations.

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“As a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release centre we have long admired the great work of International Animal Rescue in the many places around the world they have made a difference.  The opportunity to meet and work with these great people has been, and continues to be, an incredible opportunity and experience for us,” said Brenda Bombard, who founded the Refuge in 1999.

She added that the assistance has already allowed them to hire a full-time veterinarian, which has improved their ability to provide care to wildlife in need.

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“I’m pleased to say that the Refuge’s mission is entirely in tune with our own aims and objectives. Brenda’s team is doing great work helping howler monkeys and other native species in Costa Rica and everyone at IAR is thrilled that we are going to support the project and help raise awareness of it,” said IAR CEO Alan Knight.

While rescuers at Refuge for Wildlife are providing care to howler monkeys like Vincent when they’re in need, they’re also working toward ensuring others aren’t harmed the way he was. Through the organization’s Stop the Shocks program, and cooperation from the local electrical service provider, many of the area’s electrical wires have been replaced by insulated cables. Unfortunately, they’re still a problem in other areas, so volunteers are working toward replacing them with safer equipment where it’s needed.

For more on how to help, check out International Animal Rescue and the Refuge for Wildlife.

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155 comments

Marie W
Marie W9 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Chen Boon Fook
Chen Boon Fook2 months ago

thanks

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Melania P
Melania P2 months ago

Precious baby

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Linda Hernandez
Linda Hernandez2 months ago

Such a beautiful baby...im so glad he was saved..when I see their eyes..its like looking into a beautiful soul..i believe all living creatures have souls..be they human or animal..they are like little children..so playful

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Past Member
Past Member 2 months ago

thank you.

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Nelson Petrie
Nelson Petrie2 months ago

It is time the government of Puerto Rico did something to insulate the power lines. It is the government's responsibility also to look after their wildlife and not depend on animal welfare agencies. This is a totally callous act on the part of the Puerto Rico government. Power lines should either be removed or completely insulated so that such tragedies are not repeated.

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Telica R
Telica R2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutka2 months ago

Poor sweet beautiful baby. So glad you were rescued and are doing better. May you be blessed with a beautiful life. Stay strong.

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iveta NoFwdsPls cer

so sad :(

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Margarete Salah
Margarete Salah2 months ago

Poor dear. I hope he will overcome the trauma. What a sad story, makes one feel so helpless.

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