[monkeywire] Antelope Teen Finds Monkey at Gas Station
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Antelope Teen Finds Monkey at Gas Station
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 10:39 AM
April Lockhart could barely believe her eyes. As she was pulling
into an Antelope gas station, she spied a cage by the side of the
road. In that cage was a full grown monkey.
Lockhart called the California Highway Patrol, but she had trouble
getting them to take her seriously. "They were like, 'A monkey in a
cage? You found a monkey in a cage, are you serious?' And I was
like, 'Yes, I found a monkey!'"
Lockhart also called Krysta Sponaugle, a friend who has experience
with exotic animals. "I've had everything from alligators to emus and
rattlesnakes," said Sponaugle.
While Sponaugle consulted the Internet on what to feed the monkey,
the CHP called the SPCA. "It's from the macaque family. It's a
senior, in excess we're thinking, of 20, possibly as old as 35," said
David Dickenson of the SPCA.
As to where the monkey came from, April believes it either fell or
was pushed off the back of a truck. The SPCA has theories, too, but
isn't sharing them just yet.
The monkey might end up at a local zoo. If it does, April has a
plan. "Take my whole family to see it, show him off, be like: 'I
found that monkey!'" said Lockhart.
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