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So Hard To Say Goodbye

Eileen Dunnington January 31, 2011

Caring for primates in the sanctuary setting is full of highs and lows. We rejoice when an introduction is successful - when formerly isolated pets find companionship and flourish under our care. The staff and volunteers at the PRC form very close and special bonds with the primates they care for and work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care at all stages of our primates’ lives.

Unfortunately, working with living creatures means we also must deal with our grief when one of our friends passes away. Unlike domesticated pets, even critically ill primates often will not tolerate frequent injections, IV lines, and other stressful – but lifesaving - treatments. However, we do have the ability to make their final days with us as enriching, loving, and fulfilling as possible.

We were devastated to learn recently that Booger, one of our beloved spider monkeys, is in the final stages of kidney failure. Since receiving this sad news, the PRC staff has moved him to the main building where we can shower him with love, attention, and all the tasty treats he wants. He seems to be enjoying the extra special care and squeals with happiness whenever someone walks into the room. We can sense that he knows just how special he is to all of us.



Booger has lived at the Primate Rescue Center for 17 years, spending his days with fellow spider monkeys Bisou, Chester and Dehlia. He has an unforgettable personality and always brings a smile to the face of anyone who meets him. Booger loves to sit in the sun and groom his buddies, run down the length of his cage to chase the golf cart, and bounce up and down on a squeaky toy while chirping and whistling for attention. Booger is known for his unmistakable squeals of joy, his round little potbelly, and his kind face. He also has strikingly beautiful stormy eyes that are an unusual deep grayish blue color.

Booger will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We cherish his final days with us, and feel fortunate each morning when we hear his friendly whistling greeting and get to spoil him just a little while longer.

Comments

By Laura Wilson on February 07, 2011

You have been lucky to have know Booger, and he has been lucky to have known you and your loving care!

By Melissa on February 07, 2011

Hi Everyone
I am so sorry to hear that Booger is so sick. He is such a sweet little monkey who has always made me smile especially because of his little round belly! He is so lucky to be in such great care.
Melissa

By Monica on February 09, 2011

Oh! Say it isn’t so! Oh Booger, how I’ve loved you! Everytime I’ve come down the drive, you have trilled and grunted with pleasure at my recognition! Every time I cleaned your enclosure, you made it a daunting, thankless task. Every time I fed you, you hurled the best bits, the pineapple, the mango and such, back at me like bits of trash, yet you never failed to coo at me like I were feeding you the bits of manna from Heaven.
I will miss you my hirsute friend. Our 2 years taught me much.

By April on February 09, 2011

Thank you to Boog’s many friends who have reached out to share their memories of his antics over the many years he presided over the PRC. It is with great sadness that I share that he passed away peacefully early this morning.
We will all miss him so.
Rest in Peace, Boog.

By Esther Truitt on February 10, 2011

While I Can’t share any memories because my visits have been few and far between, I can feel the love and joy he brought to so many. I pray you don’t allow the sadness of his passing overshadow the wonderful memories you have of him. I am so very sorry for your loss.

By Meranda on February 11, 2011

I don’t believe that I could say anything better than Monica.  He will truly be missed by many!

By Hilary Kavanaugh on February 21, 2011

This news is so heavy on my heart- as everyone has already stated Booger has been a resident that was impossible to miss and even harder to forget. I loved walking up to his cage during the summer, letting him know I was there right before bursting into a sprint to encourage a “race” between us. I really just did it to catch a glimpse of the graceful and amazingly speedy way he brachiates across the cage. FYI Booger ALWAYS won. He is in my thoughts and prayers, I know we are all sad to see him go but thank you PRC for giving him such a quality of life during the past years- its made all difference in the world to that beautiful blue eyed monkey.

By Tara Hickey on March 08, 2011

Very sorry to hear about Booger.  I check the site every so often to check on my old friend and family member Gizmo is doing (as well as April and Clay) and to see all the wonderful work you guys do.  I remember my visit to the facility and actually have pictures of booger.  I can’t imagine having lost such a character.  My thoughts are with you often as you continue to care for such wonderful creatures.

By Jenny Brejcha on April 12, 2011

I guess I’m sad because Booger was like a brother to me . . .he picked on me, he laughed in my face, he would grab the chow scoop with his tail when I was trying to feed him, and then he would look so cute bouncing on his toy and lipsmacking I couldn’t help but crack a smile.  That sound he made, it said, “I know you love me, come on, you love me!”  How couldn’t I?  Booger was Mr. Big.  Biggest Spider Monkey on campus.  One-of-a-kind.  I am honored to have known him.  And he knew it!

By Joy on October 12, 2011

The staff and volunteers at the PRC form very close and special bonds with the primates they care for and work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care at all stages of our primates’ lives.

By Roy on October 20, 2011

The staff and volunteers at the PRC form very close and special bonds with the primates they care for and work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care at all stages of our primates’ lives.

By Adam on February 12, 2012

He has an unforgettable personality and always brings a smile to the face of anyone who meets him

By Jill Roberts on February 23, 2012

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By Mia Ray on February 27, 2012

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By Mark waugh on March 30, 2012

How can I will say him Good bye…........ my heart will be broke if I say him. But it is the fortune….. everyone will leave this world once. How much pain I’m feeling now can not realize anyone. :(

By David Poul on March 31, 2012

Its really hard to say someone “GOOD BYE”. But its the real fate. Everyone in this world once leave the world forever. Thanks mate. smile

By Dany Rudder on April 21, 2012

Hmm…........very outstanding post. Simply true that saying Good Bye is really heart broken words for everyone. But its our real fate to leave this world once…........... so should to take it easily. Thanks mate.

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