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  •  Sad. He lived down the road from me until today... (7+ / 0-)

    He has been on the lam for 2 years and almost everyone has been rooting for him to remain free. I hope authorities don't kill him.

    The woman who got bit by the monkey cried as he was captured. Some wildlife experts said he would have to die to be tested for rabies. (Why does an animal have to die to have any test?) The woman who got bit 3 weeks ago did get rabies shots. Her daughter was part of the capture, bringing out a banana to a cage that was set up.

    Ten minutes later the monkey started making his way to the cage, apparently aware that more bananas had been placed inside. As he clambered to the cage, one of the wildlife officials shot him at least once with a tranquilizer dart, she said.

    The monkey then walked slowly back into the woods, where he leaned over next to a tree and sat.

    Rescuers quickly grabbed him and placed him in a truck. He was taken to the Animal Hospital at Northwood, 7001 Enterprise Road in Safety Harbor, for closer evaluation.

    Fowler said her mother, Elizabeth Fowler, cried as the scene played out.

    Neighborhood residents had recently tried unsuccessfully to capture the monkey, placing bananas inside an 8-foot-long cage with a trap door. But each time, the monkey got away.

    I certainly hope Mystery Monkey survives.
    Thanks for posting this diary about an animal who has gotten world-wide attention. He lived in an inhabited woody neighborhood of my city (St. Petersburg) until today.

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    by peacestpete on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:08:02 PM PDT

    •  the reason he'd die in rabies testing... (4+ / 0-)

      .... is that there is no cure for rabies.  The "test" for rabies is basically to wait and observe to see if symptoms occur.  If he has rabies, he'll die of rabies.  If he doesn't have rabies, he'll live.  

      More likely, if he does show symptoms of rabies, he'll be euthanized with a massive dose of barbiturates: a far more humane death (he'll just go to sleep and not wake up) than the agonizing death that rabies causes.

      But if he does not show symptoms of rabies, then the likely outcome is that he'll live a more or less happy life in some zoo or university lab's primate colony, unless he's able to be returned to the wild in a suitable habitat.  

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      by G2geek on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:33:33 PM PDT

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