Eric emailed me again, telling me more about his monkeys.
"My monkeys, Ronnie and Reggie, would
be thankful for being on your website. They were great pets.
The guy and his son who owned
the most famous pet shot in Edinburgh, in Fleshmarket close,
wanted to buy them from me for years. His shop was a
landmark in Edinburgh Old Town, going down the stairs from
Cockburn Street to Market Street, passing the Halfway Hoose Pub.
He was a great friend of our family.
I told him that I would give him 'first refusal' if I were going
to sell the monkeys, but I never sold them.
The monkeys were
well trained and amusing animals. I even took them into the
Halfway Hoose Pub, where they were eating all the nuts. They
caught two big rats in the cellar. The landlord said he had
been after these rats for years without any luck, until I brought
the monkeys in. It took them about ten minutes to catch the
Eventually, I had to give the monkeys
up in Chile to a docker and his family, as the UK changed thier
rules so that monkeys and other animals would no longer be allowed
into the country."
Eric Gold, East London: July 19+20, 2010