This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
We all know about guide dogs and the various charities that promote the training of guide dogs … but are other animals capable of performing the same function of assisting people with vision impairment? In the Telegraph today there’s a report on Capuchin monkeys being trained to help people (“The average helper monkey will be acclimatised for seven years before beginning its role as an assistant. It will then do its job for anything between 20 and 30 years, two or three times the working life of the average dog.”), as well as miniature horses acting as guide animals.
As our understanding of the human-animal interaction deepens, it’s encouraging to see the development of better insight into how we can make animal-human parterships work.