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!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another Pet Monkey Goes Into The Public, Irresponsbile Owner Justine

This makes 3 pet monkeys that irresponsible owners have allowed to get loose in the past 3 weeks! This is why we need laws, to prevent people from owning these animals. They are not pets folks, they are wild animals, and to endanger them in the streets with cars is unacceptable.

Why was the monkey left in the SUV by himself to begin with? A dog being left in a car would be confiscated by the authorities, so why was this ok? Does this Justine have a permit to have this monkey? Clothes on? egh...To have a monkey with children is also very dangerous. No doubt George is young, but watch out when he goes through sexual maturity because the children and the public will all be in danger. Do some research on monkeys before you decide to buy one.


There was a lot of business going on at the square on Black Friday -- monkey business.

"There's a monkey in the road!" said Karen Sue McDonald to her friends, Chris White and Emily Cartwright. They had just taken her to lunch for her birthday and were wandering around for some Christmas shopping.

Her friends didn't believe her at first.

"I thought she was crazy," said Emily, laughing.

Then she saw it too.

"It's got clothes on!" said Emily.

At first, they thought the tiny animal sitting in the middle of the road in front of Merle Norman's had been hit by a car and injured.

"It started walking and I realized it was alright," he said. "I called to it like a dog and it came right over."

They coaxed the young monkey to the side of the road, but it was still wary of these three strangers. Finally, White got close enough to step on the end of its leash. When another person approached, the monkey scurried up his pants leg and onto his shoulders, clinging to his head for protection.

Within minutes, the owners were found -- a family originally from Yorkshire, England, vacationing in the area.

"He's a Capuchin monkey," said Justine, who was eating at a restaurant on the Square with her husband, Tony, and their three children when the monkey, George (curious, no doubt!) somehow escaped their SUV.

Natives of South America, Capuchin monkeys are small, weighing 3 to 9 pounds as adults. They have long furry tails they can wrap around tree branches -- or Chris's neck, as the case may be. According to the Rainforest Alliance web site, they are clever and easy to train and are often trained to help quadriplegics. They also are becoming popular as pets. Because of their easy adaptation to new environments and high fertility rate, they are not as threatened as other species in their native habitat, the rainforests of South America.

As soon as George spotted his family, his frantic, musical little chirps escalated and he scurried into Justine's arms. The family thanked his rescuers before leaving, George safely tucked away in their embrace.


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