A monkey kept illegally as a pet is now in quarantine after biting a woman multiple times in Paso Robles, Calif., reported The Tribune.
The monkey, a Javan macaque named Jennaeve, grew obese from a diet that included Frosted Flakes cereal and juice. Kept in a dog kennel inside a trailer, the 22-year-old primate bit a woman who was caring for it. The animal is suspected to belong to the woman’s boyfriend, whom officials believe has raised the monkey since it was two weeks old, according to The Tribune.
The woman went to a local hospital for the severe bites on her arm and fingers, and the hospital notified the San Luis Obispo County division of Animal Services on Sept. 3, The Tribune reported.
Jennaeve the monkey is still healthy despite the excessive weight, and is currently being quarantined for 60 days at Zoo to You, a conservation group in Paso Robles.
Currently, the California Department of Fish and Game is investigating the issue and could charge the monkey’s owner for illegally possessing a restricted species. In California, it is against the law to possess exotic species, including apes, cheetahs and more (the list goes on). Doing so can result in a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
“This kind of animal is never meant to be kept domestically. It is illegal,” said Animal Services manager Eric Anderson. “It lived on a diet including Frosted Flakes and juice. We strongly discourage the keeping of any such animal.”
He added: “And that is entirely the wrong kind of diet.”
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