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Police officer surprised by monkey at traffic stop

June 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

ARANSAS PASS, Texas, June 24 (UPI) -- A Texas police officer said a traffic stop took a turn for the bizarre when he was attacked by the motorist's monkey.

Aransas Pass Police Officer Keith Moore, 21, who joined the police department three months ago, said he pulled over a truck for speeding Wednesday and when he reached into the vehicle to hand the citation to the driver, a monkey jumped up from the back seat and attacked his hand, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, Texas, reported Monday.

Moore said it was difficult to explain the situation to his supervisor.

"My sergeant thought I had initially got stung with a bee but it wasn't," Moore said. "I ended up telling him when I was walking back that it was a monkey that came out of nowhere."

The incident was caught on Moore's police-issue video camera.

"He's got a monkey and it attacked my hand. I'm not even kidding," Moore can be heard telling the sergeant on the recording.

Police said they determined the monkey was a professional primate trained for appearances at carnivals and festivals. The driver was not penalized for the attack on the officer's hand.

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