Primate Rescue Center

Marmoset on the Loose Eventually Gets Returned to Owner

Erika Fleury December 03, 2015

On Wednesday evening (December 2), the folks at Barons Market on West Point Loma Boulevard had a special shopper wander into their store.

According to the Facebook post, a marmoset "just ran into Barons and started jumping on people's shoulders." Within minutes, there were hundreds of "oh I want him,” "bring him to me,” and "cuteness" comments.

According to the poster, Kimberly Kootman: "He jumped onto my shoulder! I held him for a sec. He ran into Baron's as I was about to walk out and I was looking around like, Is anyone seeing this?"

But, it didn't take long for the monkey’s owner to step forward.

"He's home safe," wrote David Gedarevich. "There was a crack in a window screen that he escaped through. After several hours of searching I was notified by a neighbor that they had him. I'm glad this situation ended up more comical than tragedy. Thanks everyone! FYI — yes I do have a license to keep him as an exotic pet in Nevada and am just currently visiting California to see my mother."

Marmosets are illegal to own as pets in California.

- San Diego Reader

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