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Monkeys DoO Magazine

Standing less than 2 feet tall, capuchin monkeys are known for their dexterity, easygoing ways—and total adorableness. But the capuchins at Helping Hands, a nonprofit in Boston, are also hardworking heroes qualified to assist people who have spinal cord injuries and limited mobility. Monkeys in training attend "college" for up to five years—learning how to fetch a phone, open a bottle of water, even adjust reading glasses—before they are paired with grateful companions, free of charge. Bananas? We think not.