The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Monday, August 24, 2009

All it Takes is 45K, Judie Harrison

Sunday, February 22nd 2009, 4:00 AM

The phone call lasted all of five minutes.

On one end was an operator of what was then known as the Missouri Primate Foundation, the largest chimp breeder in the nation. On the other was Judie Harrison, an animal lover from Maryland who wanted a pet primate.

In less time than it takes to book a hotel room, Harrison secured purchase of Mikey, an 8-month-old chimp, she said.

"He didn't ask me anything," Harrison told the Daily News. "Do I have a permit? Do I have experience? Do I know anything about chimps? Nothing."

What the mother of three says she did discuss with breeder Mike Casey was payment: $45,000. Cash only.

A couple of weeks later, Harrison and her husband were inside the living room of Mike and Connie Casey, greeting several chimps. After a couple of hours, little Mikey was presented.

"I held him for 15 to 20 minutes while my husband and Mike did the paperwork," Harrison said. "We gave him the cash, and off we left. ... It was easier than buying a puppy."

That was in 2002, but experts say it is still shockingly simple for anyone to obtain a pet chimp - and it doesn't always require a trip across the country.

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