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!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pet Macaque monkey bites 10 year old

FORT MADISON, IA -- Lee County Sheriff Jim Scholl says a 10-year-old child was taken to Fort Madison Hospital for a cat bite, but hospital personnel eventually learned the child was bitten by a pet macaque monkey.

Scholl says his investigation into the matter is closed, but he is trying to determine if ownership of the animal is legal.

Both the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Agriculture are aware of the incident, but could not comment on specific cases.

Dustin Vandehoef of the Iowa Department of Agriculture says as of 2007, state law requires all "wild or exotic" animals owned as pets be registered and micro-chipped.

KHQA has requested a list of wild or exotic animals registered in the state.

Scholl says a younger child provoked the monkey, and the bite occured when the 10-year-old tried to intervene.

The incident happened during the week of March 2, 2011.
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