When Pet Monkeys Attack

Monkey attacks owner

By Matthew Stabley
|  Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 7:31 PM EDT
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A 60-year-old Chesapeake man made an unscheduled trip to the hospital after he was attacked by his pet monkey.

The man told police he accidentally stepped on his Capuchin monkey's tail, which the monkey didn't appreciate. It bit the man's hands before he was able to get the monkey back in its cage, WAVY reported.

With the monkey secured, its owner went to a neighbor for help. The neighbor called an ambulance and the man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man has owned the monkey, a certified service animal, for several years and has a permit for it.

Animal Control is investigating to determine whether charges are necessary.

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