Horace The Rescue Monkey Loves Making Friends With All Kinds Of Animals

by Rebecca Landman
Rebecca is a writer living the Los Angeles dream. She loves hiking, music, and crocheting on her couch to the background lull of Netflix. She believes our world is complex. By sharing and listening to each other’s stories, we unpack that complexity layer by layer, learning more about who we are and how we want to live our lives. She writes to keep learning.

In Zimbabwe, one little orphaned monkey lives his life completely epitomizing boundless love.

Little Horace, unfortunately, lost his birth mother when he was very young.

Scared and alone, he arrived at the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary. Upon his arrival, the sanctuary was a bit short-staffed.

Without enough personnel to devote individual rehabilitation experts to each rescued species, the team decided to raise all of its newly rescued orphans together. In the process, these orphaned animals grew to completely love one another, even though some were cats, some monkeys, some dogs, and so on.

The bonds this particular group of mismatched animals formed early on at the sanctuary have carried on unshaken, even as new animals of each of their particular species have since arrived at the facility.

Horace and his amazing friends love to cuddle with one another and venture out, exploring the local terrain.

Keep scrolling through our gallery for a look at Horace and all of his incredible friends at the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary.

[H/T: The Dodo]

rescue monkey

Meet Horace. He’s an adorable monkey that arrived at the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary in Zimbabwe at a very young age.

Sarah Carter, the sanctuary’s founder, told LittleThingsHis mom had been hit by a car on a very busy highway. He’s lucky that he got picked up by the right person, who then brought him here.”

When Horace arrived at the sanctuary, there weren’t enough volunteers on staff to provide each species individualized care.

Instead, all of the orphaned animals were grouped together, which forged completely unique and adorable interspecies friendships.

monkey and cats

This little monkey grew up playing and exploring with all sorts of different types of animals.

monkey and cat

Now, he spends time during each day playing and lounging with all the friends from his childhood.


Horace is so friendly, he even loves spending time with the humans at the sanctuary.

monkey and friends

Even though many other monkeys like Horace have since joined the sanctuary, Horace would still rather play with his cat friends or dog friends before hanging with any new monkeys or primates.

monkey and dog

Carter told the Dodo: “He runs around in the middle of the night, in the dark, with the cats.

“All the other monkeys go to sleep when it starts to get dark, because that’s their instinct. Meanwhile, Horace is busy running around the garden at 10 o’clock at night. He’s a character.”

monkey and dog

Having such diverse friends, with varied interests, means this little monkey is privileged with participating in all sorts of activities during each day.

Horace likes to go exploring with his dog friends, letting their noses guide the day’s route.

monkey and cat

Thankfully, though, he also has his cat friends, who make perfect pillows during nap time.

monkey and dog

At the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary, rescued animals are rehabilitated and then, when possible, released back into the wild to live out the rest of their lives on their own.

adventure monkey

Horace has since reached the point in his rehabilitation where he is free to leave the sanctuary at any time.

Interestingly enough, though, he chooses to stick around.

monkey and dogs

Now that Horace has grown a bit older, he’s taken on more of a leadership role in his group.

Horace has become a mentor of sorts to newly orphaned animals that arrive at the sanctuary for rehabilitation.

Carter explained: “We get lots of orphaned animals coming in, so you can’t always pair them with the same animal. But for them to be able to be with another creature is really healing and comforting for them, no matter if they’re different.

“We learned that from Horace. They form these amazing bonds. It just brings so much comfort to all of them.”

monkey and friends

Horace comforts these younger orphans, no matter their species.

He teaches them the ropes around the sanctuary, slowly but surely assimilating each newbie into the rescue facility’s larger orphan family.

Little Horace’s story is a beautiful reminder of just how strong our bonds with family and friends can really be, no matter how different we may be as individuals.

Carter told LittleThings: “Horace is a very special member of the Twala family. His ability to find companionship with so many other species is such a wonderful life lesson for everyone.

“His antics and his endearing personality brighten our lives and remind us why we do what we do at Twala — he is the very best example of a rescued animal making the absolute most of his second chance.”

Would you like to volunteer with the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary? Check out how you can get involved here.

Little Horace of the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary doesn’t let his species define the friendships he pursues or loved ones he chooses to hold dear.

What do you think of Horace’s story? Have you ever seen an animal that loves all other species like this? Tell us your story in the comments.

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