Primate Rescue Center

Authorities Confiscate Pet Monkey in Frankfort, KY

April Truitt April 22, 2011

Fighting back tears, Candace Ballinger handed over a canvas bag stuffed with diapers, formula and one of Caleb's favorite toys, and then said goodbye.

"It's like giving up one of your own kids," Ballinger said on Thursday, as she watched two women carry Caleb away.

Ballinger surrendered Caleb, a Barbados Green monkey, to the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville at the behest of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Ballinger's family had raised Caleb for the past six months, but was recently informed that it was against the law to keep him. Ballinger, 31, said she was not aware of that when she took Caleb in.


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