A Helper Monkey Eases into Retirement 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.

A Helper Monkey Eases into Retirement

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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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