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Animal Rights Groups Implore Dez Bryant to Give Up the Monkey

Erika Fleury October 27, 2015

Last week, we told you about how Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had somehow procured a tiny monkey he named Dallas Bryant. The world went: Awwwww.

Bryant has never really revealed if he had truly adopted the monkey or, like, rented it for the sake of a widely shared Instagram photo. But some animal-rights groups are telling TMZ that adopting a monkey is a really bad idea.

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Dez Bryant Ripped Over Supposed Pet Monkey: ‘He Will Live to Regret It’

Erika Fleury October 26, 2015

Not everyone caught the cutsies when Dez Bryant posted a pic of his supposed new pet monkey -- several animal organizations (like the Primate Rescue Center) are furious ... claiming the move is downright "irresponsible."

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Mississippi Woman Infected After Alleged Monkey Bite

Erika Fleury October 20, 2015

A Lowndes County, Mississippi woman was airlifted to an undisclosed hospital in Jackson after showing symptoms of a simian-related virus.

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The Murky Ethics of Making Monkeys Pick Our Coconuts

Erika Fleury October 20, 2015

If a creature is smart enough to pick coconuts, is it fair to make him? This is the question at the heart of a controversy over pigtailed macaques in Thailand that excel at picking coconuts loved by Western consumers — but do so on leashes.

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Exotic animal trade flourishes in Missouri

Erika Fleury October 17, 2015

A legal but clandestine market thrives in rural Missouri, where you need more paperwork to buy a car than a chimpanzee.

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How Monkeys Became Big Business in Florida

Erika Fleury October 14, 2015

The breeders are proud. The activists are mad. The neighbors are confused. And the monkeys still have good aim.

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Exotic Monkey Seized from Illinois Home

Erika Fleury October 06, 2015

Authorities seized an exotic monkey from a Cumberland County, Illinois home this week after receiving multiple tips that a resident was selling it.

This monkey, now named Jax, will spend the rest of his life at the Primate Rescue Center. Click here to donate towards his care.

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Monkey Found in Bath County, Named Andi in Contest

Erika Fleury September 26, 2015

The Primate Rescue Center, held a naming contest last week.

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More Rare Chimps than Expected Found in Unprotected Landscape

Erika Fleury September 25, 2015

A University of Southern California study reveals that hundreds of eastern chimpanzees inhabit a region of rapidly shrinking forest fragments in Uganda.

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Mauling, Escapes and Abuse: 6 Small Zoos, 80 Sick or Dead Animals

Erika Fleury September 18, 2015

There are a host of ­problems identified at six small zoos in Maryland and Virginia that are popular destinations for ­Washington-area families. Over the past decade, more than 80 animals have died, been injured or become ill because of neglect at the zoos, and more than 200 others were kept in inhumane conditions, according to hundreds of pages of federal inspection reports, interviews with keepers and court documents. Minor problems were reported at four more zoos.

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