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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.

Image courtesy TMZ / Getty

“A baby capuchin monkey is completely irresponsible to have,” April Truitt, co-founder of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, told TMZ.  “This animal can easily live 30 to 40 years of its life. I guarantee you it won’t be in his possession that long. Instead he will begging someone like me to take this animal off his hands. It’s inevitable.”

Added Ian Robinson, vice president of the International Fund for Animal Welfare: “Having a monkey as a pet is a huge commitment. Appealing cuddly babies turn into troublesome ‘teenagers’ and aggressive adults.”

Bryant already has shown that he’s not afraid to mix it up with an aggressive adult named Greg Hardy, so I’m guessing the he’s not too worried about all these warnings.

- Washington Post

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