Owner, Monkey Expert Worry Animal Will Become Dangerous
POSTED: 10:01 pm EST February 2, 2005
UPDATED: 1:37 pm EST February 3, 2005
GLEN BURNIE, Md. -- Police are searching for the person who broke into a Glen Burnie home and stole a baby monkey.
MISSING: Janey, 8 months old
Authorities are worried, not only for the animal's owners, but for the monkey's delicate health, WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Lowell Melser reported.
Anne Arundel County police are investigating a unique kidnapping in which someone got away with an 8-month-old monkey.
Michelle Howard is the owner of Nicky, 8, and 8-month-old Janey, both capuchin monkeys.
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"They're pets, but they're kind of more like my children than pets, honestly," Howard said.
Police said somebody threw a cinderblock through a door of Howard's house and stole Janey and her cage sometime Wednesday afternoon.
"I really think it's somebody who's always wanted a monkey and couldn't afford one because they are very expensive," Howard said.
Besides their price -- a hefty $6,000 to $7,000 each -- the monkeys have very particular eating habits.
"She eats three to four times a day, [sometimes] nonstop. First thing in the morning, she's eating. She forages all day, and I'm just afraid whoever's taken her is not going to give her the proper care she needs," Howard
Michelle Howard owns the monkeys, and worries about the care for the missing 8-month-old.
Judie Harrison is the founder of one of Maryland's few monkey rescue programs.
"I feel bad for the monkey most of all because the monkey is who is gonna suffer," Harrison said.
She said capuchin monkeys can be very unpredictable, and when placed in the wrong hands, they can be a danger to themselves and their handlers.
"I fear for the people that have the little monkey because they don't know what they're getting themselves into," Harrison said.
"I'm just hoping that we'll find her, that's why I keep saying, 'We'll find her, we'll find her,'" Howard said.
The family is offering a $1,000 reward, Melser reported.
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"An expert on monkeys said capuchin monkeys can be very unpredictable, and when placed in the wrong hands, they can be a danger to themselves and their handlers."
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