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Baby Monkey Breeder Ripped Off in Houston by Counterfeit Cash

Erika Fleury August 18, 2016

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.

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Monkey Gets Loose in Ohio Walmart Parking Lot

Erika Fleury August 15, 2016

An odd confrontation in a Walmart parking lot is going viral. An employee of the Lancaster Walmart came face to face with a monkey, and it was all caught on camera.

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Beloved Blue Rocks Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Riles PETA

Erika Fleury August 12, 2016

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.

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Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Says He Gave Away His Pet Monkey

Erika Fleury August 11, 2016

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."

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Police Searching for Monkey that Bit Child in Virginia Beach

Erika Fleury August 04, 2016

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.”

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Is It Cruel to Have a Monkey Helper?

Erika Fleury August 02, 2016

As service animals, capuchins change people’s lives—but they may suffer in the process.

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Lemur that Bit Toddler is ‘In Custody,’ Its Owner Facing Charges

Erika Fleury July 21, 2016

With its now-former owner facing criminal charges, the illegal pet lemur that bit a 2-year-old in Nederland, Colorado has been turned over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and likely is destined for a primate sanctuary in Florida.

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Ape Escape: How Travelling Broadens the Minds of Chimps

Erika Fleury July 19, 2016

Travel is said to broaden the mind and it appears the same can be said for our primate cousins chimpanzees.

More than seven years of research has discovered that chimps who 'travel' and journey farther into their surroundings on a daily basis than their peers are more likely to use tools to forage for food.

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Scientists Unearthed a Trove of 700-Year-Old Stone Tools — Used by Monkeys

Erika Fleury July 11, 2016

A new study by scientists at the University of Oxford determined that monkeys have been opening cashews with stones in Brazil for seven centuries — long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas to claim it as the New World.

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​No Monkey Left Behind: The Celebrities Who Have Given Their Pets Away

Erika Fleury July 07, 2016

When living creatures are the season's hottest new accessory, until they're not.

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