Life was looking grim for an infant vervet monkey who was found shivering and crying on the side of the road in Zimbabwe.

Clinging to his dead mother, the baby monkey was found by some good samaritans and taken to an animal sanctuary in the area.

“His mom had been hit by a car on a very busy highway. He was found sitting on her body by the side of the road. He’s lucky that he got picked up by the right people, who then brought him here,” Twala Animal Sanctuary founder Sarah Carter said.

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Affectionately known as Horace, the vervet was just a helpless infant when he arrived at the sanctuary. The tiny primate was pretty frightened at first in his new environment, but luckily he was in good hands.

At that time, the Twala Animal Sanctuary didn’t have any monkeys of his particular kind, but all the other residents made sure the little guy felt right at home.

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Twala is a haven for a large variety of rescued animals and birds. Run by Trustee Sarah Carter and veterinarian Dr. Vinay Ramlaul, it’s a non-profit organization that focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals and birds, as well as conservation education and animal welfare issues affecting the surrounding community.

Twala is home to everything from lions to ostriches, several cats, primates, reptiles, raptors and many other small mammals.

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You would think that the animals there wouldn’t get along with each other in such close quarters, but you’d be surprised…