Pearly whites: Macaque undergoes rigorous dental regime to fight gum disease
This monkey is so desperate to avoid the dentist’s chair that she sticks to a strict TEETH BRUSHING regime.
Angel Bullock, a 19-year-old Java Macaque, was recently diagnosed with gum disease and was proscribed a special mouthwash to treat the condition.
Her owner, 46-year-old Teresa bullock, found that Angel hated having the mouthwash sprayed into her mouth, but was quite happy to sit and have her teeth brushed with it.
From that point on, Angel’s teeth brushing ritual was born, and has now been captured on film.
According to Teresa, the founder of Misfitland Animal Rescue in Felicity, Ohio, human behaviour, such as paying close attention to dental hygiene, is not out of the ordinary for Angel.
She said: “Angel is part of the family. She is a monkey during the day, hanging in the barn with other animals, but after she is done playing with them and the day winds down she comes back in to take her meds and be a part of the human world for a bit.
“Angel enjoys doing a lot of things from climbing the goat barn and trees to lying in bed watching TV.”
Angel has been at the rescue centre with Teresa since she was 10 days old, and her status as a long-term resident means she is the queen of the crop.
Teresa said: “She rules the world around here and ALL the animals know it. They listen to her sounds and react to her voice.
“She grooms and tends to all the kitties and even the smaller dogs.
“It cracks me up when the kittens start playing too rough and she has to go and break them up.”
But it’s not just the other animals who adore Angel. Teresa’s grandson, Ronnie, is also very good friends with the macaque. They struck up a close emotional connection when Ronnie’s father was killed in a tractor accident when he was just three years old.
Teresa said: “My grandson stays with me most of the time and has an amazing relationship with Angel.
“Somehow Ronnie knows how to respond and react to Angel and she is very relaxed with him.”