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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is urging caution after reports on August 19th that a small primate, possibly a Rhesus macaque, has been spotted on the loose near Albany, GA.
Tracie Perry travels around the United States selling people monkeys. She's a U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed monkey breeder, broker and transporter, and sometimes might travel from the tip of California through Texas and to South Florida in one giant monkey drop-off trip.
Monkey see, monkey do, monkey cause PR nightmare.
The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, a Wilmington Blue Rocks tradition in which a chaps-wearing capuchin monkey straddles a border collie and herds sheep for laughs, could be driven out of town soon.
Read more to learn how animal advocates, including the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (of which the PRC is a founding member,) have mounted nationwide protests against the event, blasting rodeo operator Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard for a history of U.S. Department of Agriculture violations related to his treatment of the primates.
It was less than a year ago that news broke of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant purchasing a pet capuchin monkey. The PRC's co-founder and Executive Director April Truitt told TMZ at the time "He will live to regret it." Now, it appears that Bryant has already given up his ill-considered "pet."
Animal control officers say a monkey bit a child near 23rd Street and Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach on the night of August 3rd.
There is reason for concern, says Virginia Beach Animal Control, even though the young girl only suffered a minor injury to her hand. “We always look at rabies (and) herpes.... There’s a wide list of different viruses that monkeys are carriers for that they can transfer to humans.”