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Monkey flushed down the toilet by Newport owner enjoying new life after rescue

24 Aug 2022 2 minute read
Milly the Marmoset. Picture by Monkey World

An abused monkey who was flushed down a toilet and offered cocaine by its owner in Newport is enjoying living her new life – and now has a boyfriend.

Milly was rescued after distressing videos showed her being flushed down the lavatory and clinging onto the side for dear life.

The marmoset was also shown to have been offered cocaine and a dog made to chase her – leaving her cowering in the corner.

The RSPCA seized the pet and she was rehomed at Monkey World in Dorset in January where she has come on leaps and bounds.

At first, she was struggling to settle and staff at the centre were worried about the effects the abuse had on her.

They slowly built up her confidence and provided her with a fellow marmoset mate called Moon who was rescued from the pet trade.

Milly the monkey in the toilet. Picture by RSPCA

Moon was quick to respond to Milly’s alarm calls and would stand by her side to reassure her, which has helped her learn to trust again.

Now the pair are inseparable and love spending time in their large enclosure hunting insects and enjoying each other’s company.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels, who rescued Milly, said: “This was a very disturbing case, but I am pleased to see Milly is doing well in a fantastic environment with her boyfriend Moon by her side.”

Milly is now featuring in a RSPCA Cancel Out Cruelty campaign.

Her former owner was prosecuted and banned from keeping animals for life and also received a suspended prison sentence.

Vicki Holland was given a 12-week suspended sentence, £600 fine and lifetime ban on keeping animals after videos were found of her neglecting and abusing Milly the marmoset.

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 year ago

Delighted Milly is doing well – but incandescent with rage that once again we see someone who subjects a defenceless animal to monsterous cruelty getting off with a suspended prison sentence 😡.

Hell Glibson
Hell Glibson
1 year ago


Valerie j Matthews
Valerie j Matthews
1 year ago

Why only a suspended sentence? these little creatures are sentient beings. Such cruelty deserves appropriate punishment. It is a known fact that those who torture animals often move on to human victims.

1 year ago

Lovely to see little Milly doing so well, but why on earth was her previous owner given a suspended sentence? She should have spent a good few years behind bars!

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