Happy 40th Birthday, Sweet Gentle Peppy
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FROM IPPL International Primate Protection League
January 2019

Poor Peppy, who was born at the Comparative Oncology Laboratory at the University of California, had been infected with a C cancer virus when he was just two months old. I can imagine him clinging to the scientist carrying the fatal needle, he was such a sweetheart!

Gibbon Peppy

January 23 was our sweet Peppy Gibbon's 40thth birthday.

He was born on 23 January 1979. After Arun Rangsi's arrival in 1981, we looked for a female companion for him. Thanks to the late Drs. Jim Mahoney and Jan Moor-Jankowski, we were offered a female named Helen. John McGreal drove up to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in Sterling Forest, New York, a 750 mile drive, with a sky kennel to bring Helen home.

When he arrived, he was taken to meet Helen, but at once saw a little male gibbon in the next cage making distress calls. His name was Peppy and he had clearly just been separated from Helen.

What to do? Well, pick up the phone and beg Jim and Jan to allow Peppy to come to IPPL with Helen! To our delight, they agreed. Four shining eyes looked at us from the sky kennel.

Poor Peppy, who was born at the Comparative Oncology Laboratory at the University of California, had been infected with a C cancer virus when he was just two months old. I can imagine him clinging to the scientist carrying the fatal needle, he was such a sweetheart!

Peppy has been a lifelong suck-a-thumb! Once he sucked his thumb raw. The vet was summoned. He said, “I can’t stitch it up or bandage it, he would pull the stitches out or tear the bandages off! We have to let it self-heal and hope he doesn’t suck it raw again.” And he never did!

We all love our sweet gentle Peppy.


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