Who is she? The Leading Lady in Elvis’s Family
Special skills: Keeping Betty and her family on tight reins
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Sue is a member of the Sanctuary’s only natural family group of capuchins, who all arrived in March 2012. She is the mother of Banjo and Roccita. The group lived at an animal care college, but by 2012 it was apparent to the college that the capuchin group was unsuitable for students to practise hands-on animal care on and Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome the whole group.
At the time of the group’s arrival at the sanctuary Sue was still carrying and nursing her youngest infant, Roccita, but pretty soon after settling in here Sue has proven to be an easy-going mother and Roccita is quickly gaining independence. Sue’s confidence as a mother is helped by her high ranking position in the group; every member of her family is outranking every member of adult female Betty’s family! Sue enforces this position by keeping Betty and her offspring in tight reins, but she has to thread carefully so that she doesn't upset old grand-mum Sheila, who is the most influential individual in the group and for whom Sue has a lot of respect.
When large groups of capuchins live next to each other at the Sanctuary, they spend a lot of time checking each other out and often engage in ear piercing group-greetings and appeasement sessions between enclosures. Sue is always at the front row in these interactions; backing alpha male Elvis in every situation.