Pet monkey detained after biting woman

Sept. 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A monkey being kept illegally in California as a pet is now in quarantine after biting a woman.

The Javan macaque inflicted severe wounds on the hands and arms of the victim Aug. 29, the Los Angeles Times reported. The monkey was being kept in Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County.

Eric Anderson, the county animal services manager, said he got a notice this week about the bite. He said Javan macaques can inflict bites like those of dogs.

"This kind of animal is never meant to be kept domestically. It is illegal," Anderson said. "It lived on a diet including Frosted Flakes and juice. We strongly discourage the keeping of any such animal and that is entirely the wrong kind of diet."

The monkey will remain in quarantine for 60 days at Zoo to You, a rescue operation.

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