Rio Cuarto’s Urban Ecological Park director Miriam Rodriguez told the Clarin daily that the medication was used on the surviving male primates after four other males “let themselves die of sadness” following the death of two females from old age.
Psychiatrist Sergio Castillo confirmed the diagnosis of acute depression and prescribed a medication to help with the condition.
Besides being treated with a small dose of a drug used for compulsive disorders and depression in humans, the rare monkeys were also provided with a more stimulating environment.
“Today we can say that the monkeys have regained their smile,” said Rodriguez.
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