We all know about service dogs, and their incredible , selfless assistance to the blind and disabled. But, alas, their abilities can only go so far. We are blessed everyday with the ability to pick up things with our hands and not even think twice about it. For the disabled, turning a page of a book or washing their face is not just a thought -its a challenge. But whether during rehabilitation or for life- they now have a companion that is willing to lend them a “helping hand”. Boston is famous for their pristine educational facilities (Harvard, BU and MIT) , but little know about a college were even the perfect score SAT student will never get in- Monkey college. No, I’m not joking. Here, Capuchin monkeys are taught how to perform simple everyday activities such as opening and setting up a drink of water, picking up a dropped or out-of-reach object, or turning the pages of a book, using their small, dexterous hands.This college is part of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled non-profit organization.
Upon graduation, they are placed in to homes to provide “in-home assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments”.
The thing is, these little miracle workers do not just bring bottles of water, they also bring joy and companionship to the lives of these people, who definitely need and deserve extra TLC.
These monkeys are provided with Vetcare and are constantly monitored to establish and keep their well-being, as well as having their very own retirement plan.
“Through the generous support of donors and volunteers, Helping Hands is able to provide these specially trained service animals and their lifetime support free of charge to our recipients.”
Round of applause to the ever amazing monkeys.
*For additional information on this amazing establishment, visit http://www.monkeyhelpers.org/ .
Author: Anna Artsibasheva