Pet monkey bites boy at park in Godfrey

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 6:21 PM

Monkey injures child

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(KMOV.com) -- Authorities say a woman’s decision to bring her pet monkey to a dog outing in a Godfrey park went awry when the primate bit a boy on Sunday.

The incident happened during a “Bark in the Park” event at Glazebrook Community Park, located in the 1400 block of Stamper Lane, around 3:15 p.m.

Police said the monkey’s owner brought the java macaque and her dog to the yearly annual event. 

Authorities said both animals were on a leash, but the monkey’s possessive of the dog. So when a boy tried to pet the dog, the monkey chomped.

The 6-year-old was treated at the hospital for lacerations and bite marks to his arm.

Dixon says the woman hasn’t been ticketed or charged. But he says the county’s animal-control agency is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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