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Blog : Pet of the Week: Alley, the Spider Monkey

Client: Nicole G.
Pet: “Alley” 5wk old spider monkey, from Largo, FL
Story: Alley came in for a check up after injured right arm.  Upon examination, her elbow was swollen and radiophraphs were taken which showed no obvious fractures.  However there was obvious swelling of surrounding tissue and possible signs of infection.  She was sent home with oral antibiotics and pediatric pain meds.

About Spider Monkeys: 

The spider monkey is one of the most loved types of monkeys among children and adults. Spider monkeys can be found in the forests of Mexico, Central America, and South America, but deforestation and hunting is damaging their habitat. Spider monkeys are considered “New World” primates. They have prehensile tails that allow them to grip onto branches and the ground as they move. Spider monkeys have long, lanky arms and are very agile. 

Did you know that spider monkeys have no thumbs? Yet, the spider monkey can still grip strongly onto branches with its other fingers and tail. They often gather together in groups of 20 to 30, but they sleep and forage for fruits, nuts, leaves, spiders, and bird eggs in smaller groups. They can be very noisy animals. Females typically give birth to one baby spider monkey at a time every two to five years. Baby spider monkeys usually stay under the care of their mothers for the first year of their lives.


Care Animal Hospital nestled in the heart of Bloomingdale and founded by award-winning veterinarian Dr. Richard Kane, is Hillsborough County’s largest full service, mixed animal veterinary facility providing a comprehensive range of services for ALL of the pets in your family including large and small exotics, birds, and farm animals.

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