A Javan macaque monkey, kept illegally as a pet in rural Paso Robles, is in quarantine after biting a woman who was caring for it.
The 22-year-old primate, named Jennaeve, is obese because of an improper diet including Frosted Flakes and juice. It was kept in a small dog kennel inside a couple’s trailer, officials said.
Despite weighing double what it should, the monkey appeared to be in generally good health, said David Jackson, director of Zoo to You, a private wildlife rescue and education program. The monkey is being quarantined for 60 days at Zoo to You in Paso Robles.
The San Luis Obispo County division of Animal Services was notified Monday after a Paso Robles woman sought medical treatment at a local hospital for several severe bite wounds, including one on her arm and thumb.
The owner of the macaque has not been identified, but the animal likely belongs to the woman’s boyfriend, officials said. It was not the first time the monkey had bitten the woman, according to officials.
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