A Helper Monkey Eases into Retirement

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Listener Judy Hindman tells us about her retired helper monkey Katie, who chatters all day. Helper monkeys are trained to assist disabled people with everyday tasks. Katie weighs 5 lbs. and emits a noise that Hindman says reminds her of the low-battery warning on electronic devices.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Listeners send us sounds and stories. We call them SoundClips. This one is about a small creature with a big job.

Ms. JUDY HINDMAN: My name is Judy Hindman. I live in Weston, Massachusetts. I have in my home a five pound, 21-year-old capuchin monkey.

(Soundbite of monkey)

Ms. HINDMAN: Eat your zucchini, come on.

Who is used for severely disabled people.

(Soundbite of monkey)

Ms. HINDMAN: Katie makes all sorts of sounds.

(Soundbite of monkey)

Ms. HINDMAN: I describe it as like a low battery.

(Soundbite of monkey)

Ms. HINDMAN: Her sounds in our home remind us daily of the kind of care that this little primate can have.

(Soundbite of a monkey)

SIEGEL: That's Katie the helper monkey with Judy Hindman of Weston, Massachusetts. You can learn more about our project at NPR.org by searching for the word SoundClip.

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