Pippi arrived at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary in December 2018 when she was around 7 months old, displaying a lot of difficulty using her back legs and with her balance. Although she was strong, her back legs would buckle when walking and she lacked motor control in her arms, resulting in a waving movement when she was trying to eat. It is impossible to know exactly what happened to her, but it is believed that she had fallen from a tree. Our vet diagnosed a spinal injury and possible injury to the back of her head, specifically the areas of the brain that control vision and coordination.
Sadly these injuries mean she would not survive in the wild. To make sure she has a fulfilling life here, we ensure she has plenty of space, other monkeys to interact with, and new enrichments to keep her challenged and engaged throughout her life. Her happiness is our priority.
Even though her impaired movement restricts her from climbing on the branches as freely as the other monkeys, Pippi is eager to see the world. We have constructed many levels of bridges throughout her large habitat to ensure she can move around safely, and she loves walking across these!