Re: Gibber

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Posted by Peter Hyland on February 10, 2016 at 04:08:41 user Peter_H.

In Reply to: Re: Gibber posted by Martin Honor on February 08, 2016 at 04:37:09:

"So the monkey had been packed off to spend a happy month, staying with relations, at the Zoo"

This sentence has always puzzled me. I feel that AR has his tongue in his cheek here, and that this is what Roger was told, whereas the truth must surely have been different. To my knowledge, zoos will not take animals 'on loan' for short periods, for all sorts of reasons - infection risk is one of them, and also mental disturbance to the animal concerned and to other animal residents at the zoo. This will certainly be the case with primates, which are intelligent and gregarious. In fact, could the Walker family sensibly keep a monkey as a pet? - it is possible, but not always easy. I get the feeling that AR is trying to get himself out of an awkward spot here.

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