A drug dealer’s daughter abused a monkey and she flushed it down the toilet. She then fed her cocaine and made her happy at his sanctuary.

Vicky Holland (38) made 22 videos about how Vicky treated her pet marmoset. She fed it burgers and kebabs.

Her life was ended and she was sentenced to a 12-week term in jail, with a suspended 12-month probation.

Milly the monkey was placed in the RSPCA’s care before being sent to Monkey World, Dorset, for continued and proper care.

MailOnline is happy to report that Milly, after nearly two years in the sanctuary’s care, has finally found happiness and contentment.

Milly, who suffered horrific cruelty at the hands Holland at Monkey World, was reluctant at first to put her faith in staff.

Milly, described by Monkey World as the most severe case the rescue center has ever seen in over 30 years of operation, arrived in the park in January 2020.

At first, she kept her alarm going by calling whenever an employee passed.

But staff chose to pair Milly with Moon, another common marmoset they rescued through the pet trade.

Milly feels more confident with Moon beside her and specialist housing.

Milly (pictured) the abused monkey, who was flushed down the toilet and fed cocaine in a terror campaign by her cruel drug-dealer owner, is now living happily at a sanctuary - and even has a boyfriend marmoset

Milly (pictured), the animal abuser, was run down to the toilet, and given cocaine by her brutal drug-dealer. She now lives in happiness at the sanctuary, and even has a boyfriend marmoset.

The mother of four was captured on video offering cocaine to her monkey pet (above), and then trying flush the drug down the toilet.

Vicki Holland, 38, kept a pet Marmoset, native to tropical forests in Central and South America, in her semi-detached home in Newport, Gwent

Vicki Holland, 38 had a Marmoset pet, native to South and Central America. She kept it in her Newport home.

Dr Alison Cronin, director of Monkey World, said: ‘Milly’s case was tragic and heart breaking. Her entire life was spent in fear, and she suffered the most horrific abuse and cruelty I’ve ever seen during my 30+ years of rescue work with primates. 

“Milly” will not fully heal from the abuse she suffered and will suffer psychological trauma for the rest her life. But, Milly’s only hope was to find companionship with her fellow survivors. 

“With Moon by her side she was able to finally relax and enjoy life.

Steph Sawyer is the team leader for small monkeys. She said that Milly’s rehabilitation was a lengthy process. It was the most terrified marmoset I’ve ever seen. 

Milly cringed and ran from everyone she met. Any loud noises or sudden movements would send her screaming and make it clear that she was looking for somewhere safe to hide. 

‘She wouldn’t move or eat in front of us to begin with; only freeze and hide. Even though she’s happy and settled with her male companion, new faces can cause panic. 

“The mental scarring that she has suffered will be with her forever.”

In what Monkey World have described as one of the worst cases the rescue centre has seen in more than 30 years of rescuing primates, Milly (above) arrived at the park in January 2020

Monkey World describes Milly as “one of the most difficult cases” in over 30 years of rescue of primates. She arrived in the park in January 2020.

A court heard the primate was 'terrified' of Holland and that she was aggressive towards the pet. Pictured: Vicki Holland

The court was told that the primate was terrified of Holland, and was hostile towards her pet. Pictured: Vicki Holland

Holland showed a clip of Holland attempting to get the animal to stop from urinating in a bowl.

Only after police raided Holland’s Newport home for drugs, did the RSPCA become aware of Holland’s sufferings.

They took her phone, and found a number of disturbing videos showing Holland treating the animal with drugs.

Holland, in video clip, can be heard telling the marmoset “Want some coke?” Lick my fingers’.

Holland was jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years in November last year over the cocaine haul and appeared in court in May where she was ordered to pay more than £4,000.

Following a drug bust at Holland’s home, Gwent Police discovered videos on Holland’s cell phone.

One clip showed Holland laughing as she tried to flush the animal down the toilet as it clung to the rim.

You can hear her swearing at it and telling the monkey to go. 

Holland, who was attempting to flush her toilet after throwing some paper at her pet, called it an idiot and called it a toilet paper.

Another showed her offering cocaine and saying ‘Want some cocaine? The monkey hid in a corner of the storage area, while she licked her fingers.

Holland stated to the RSPCA that Holland had previously sold her marmoset, but the animal was eventually found at an alternative address.

Court heard that the animal was terrified by its abuser while in a toilet bowl.

Aled Watkins was the Prosecutor for the case. He said about the toilet video, “In another video the Marmoset is very distressed cowering in a bowl of toilet water.”

The video could have been heard by Holland saying, “I need to go to the bathroom” and “shall it be flushed?”

The toilet was flushed, and Holland called the animal a ‘f***ing tw*t’ and warned it ‘”don’t attack me”.

The South Wales Magistrates heard that Holland did not provide the right environment or diet to support South American species.

Watkins stated that Holland has displayed total disregard for basic needs and care of her pet.

“Another video shows Holland’s pet dog close to the monkey.

“There are evidence that the dog chased the marmoset. It had full rein in the home, and was exposed to dangerous electrical outlets and knives. 

Holland must also pay £420 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

The court heard the animal was 'terrified as a result of her aggression and abuse whilst it was within a toilet bowl'

Court heard that the animal was terrified by its abuser while in a toilet bowl.

She provided an inadequate environment and an inappropriate diet for the animal’s needs

Her environment was not suitable and her diet did not meet the animals’ needs.

Holland, (above), was today banned from owning any animals for the rest of their lives after pleading guilty at Newport Magistrates’ Court to three Animal Welfare Act 2006 offenses.

Is it legal for marmosets to be owned in the UK 

Technically, it’s legal to have a marmoset within the UK. However, the RSPCA is fighting for primates to be kept as pets in England and Wales.

RSPCA and other animal rights groups have advocated against primate ownership in the UK. 

Ros Clubb is the senior RSPCA scientist. She said that monkeys are often kept in birds’ cages and given fast food and sugary beverages. They also suffer from illness as a result.

“We fear that too many people are ignoring these animals and are causing them distress. 


Sophie Daniels (RSPCA exotics inspector) said that she became immediately concerned for the welfare of this marmoset as soon as she saw the disturbing video clips.

“Videos taken from Holland’s cell phone show Holland giving the marmoset cocaine to another, and the other showing the obviously terrified marmoset urinating in a bowl of water.

Holland was screaming, swearing and laughing at the camera. One point in the footage, Holland flushes the toilet. The petrified animal is seen struggling to grab the bowl.

“An independent veterinarian soon discovered that the marmoset had suffered unnecessarily from the treatment she received.

“We would like to thank Gwent Police and Monkey World for providing a permanent home for our marmoset. 

“Thank goodness, the monkey received the treatment they deserved after so much shocking mistreatment.”

RSPCA says marmosets are the most commonly kept primates as pets.

RSPCA however is opposed to any primate being kept in captivity as it makes it difficult for them to be satisfied in their domestic environments.

Holland was with Russell Cox, her partner when the officers broke into Holland’s Newport home. Police found drug paraphernalia and Kinder Eggs containing £1,600 worth of cocaine. 

Holland and her partner Russell Cox (left), 43, both admitted possession with intent to supply a class-A drug at Newport Crown Court

Russell Cox (left), Holland’s 43-year-old partner, admitted possessing with intent to sell a class B drug at Newport Crown Court

Holland, 43, and Cox (43), both admitted to Newport Crown Court that they had the intent to possess a class A drug.

Cox from Cwmbran in south Wales was imprisoned for thirty months. Holland was placed behind bars for twenty months. Holland was released on November 31st.

A Proceeds of Crime hearing was told the couple made almost £40,000 from their cocaine business. Cox made £31,904.46 from drug dealing but was left with just £180 which can be seized in available assets.

Holland appeared in court in May this year where she was ordered to pay more than £4,000 back within three months or face three months in prison.

Why are Marmosets kept as pets and what is their purpose? 

The RSPCA is 'totally opposed' to the keeping of any primate as a pet because it is so hard to meet their complex needs in a domestic environment (stock image)

Because it’s so difficult to provide for their complex needs, the RSPCA opposes primate keeping as a pet. Stock image 

Marmoset monkeys, the primate most frequently kept and traded as pets, are also known to be very popular.  

Because they are so tiny, baby marmosets have been mistakenly mis-sold for finger monkeys or pygmy marsets. 

Breeders are taking them from their mothers too quickly to convince buyers that they can be trained. 

This is a breed that will be trouble later in life. 

What is the origin of marmosets? 

Marmosets live mainly in South America’s tropical forests, though there is a small number of them in Central America. 

What are marmosets’ favorite foods?

Marmosets prefer to eat sap from trees and gum but also the leaves, fruits, seeds, and flowers. 

These birds may also consume insects, frogs or lizards. 

Marmosets are good pets

Marmosets can live up to 18 year. These wild animals have special welfare requirements. 

Marmosets kept as pets are unlikely to have an environment as diverse and rich as that of the wild. 

They’re tropical animals that require warmth.

Marmosets can smell-mark the environment around them, and are therefore not suitable for keeping in a house. 

These intelligent animals can easily get bored and cause extreme stress. 

They create social networks in the wild and it is cruel to leave them alone.

These are just a few of the reasons why marmosets cannot be considered pets by RSPCA.