When Monkeys Attack!



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Finding a monkey in a Walmart parking lot can be surprising, especially when it’s jumpy.
A family had just arrived for a family trip to Walmart when they spotted a monkey in the SUV they parked next to.
“As we got out, Tayce, being 8 years old, wanted to see the monkey. So, she got out, looked up at the monkey, said, ‘Hi,’ and he gave the animal just enough slack to where it could jump out, grab her by her hair, and bite her on the forehead,” Mike Weeks told KY3 News.

The monkey’s owner said it wasn’t a bite, just a scratch.

Animal control responded, took a report and sent the monkey — named Charlie — and his owners home. It was a decision Tayce’s mother was not fond of.

“They’re known to carry tuberculosis, hepatitis B, herpes — and this animal is just allowed to go home,” said Weeks.
The monkey and Tayce were both tested for various diseases. Weeks said she was especially concerned about hepatitis B; which is found in most macaques and can be fatal to humans.

“Everybody says, ‘Put her on antivirals and pray.’ That’s basically the situation we’ve been left in,” Weeks told reporters.

She said test results will be back in a week.

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29 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Jen

    Poor kid will have to tell their partner someday, “I’ve got herpes….and I got them from a monkey.”

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    August 21st, 2011

  2. yikes!

    OMGosh Jen, I laughed out loud on your response. LOLOLOL

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    August 22nd, 2011

  3. Susan Houston

    Well, let’s the final on this story, the monkey was tested for everything and they all came back negative – healthy monkey.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  4. littlelorna

    Poor kid will be on a psychiatrist’s couch at 30, wondering why the nature channel sends her into the fetal position….

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    August 22nd, 2011

  5. Realist

    That animal should be put down, just like if it had been a dog that bit her. If it bit once, it will bite again.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  6. Pubic Enema

    Good one Jen.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  7. michelle

    I don’t understand why people keep monkeys as pets, and I don’t understand why people will let their children pet monkeys. It’s pretty well known that those animals are nasty, and mean.
    Either way, I’m glad it all turned out okay.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  8. momsterr

    If it were a dog, animal control would not have been so eager to let the monkey and its’ owner go home. No matter what breed, there would have been all kinds of mean dog bs. As it were, no one knew what to do with a monkey. How about the owner paying for all the medical bills including the psychological counseling?

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    August 22nd, 2011

  9. Devil w/ a Blue Dress

    I read this to my 9 year old, her comment was, “They probably let her go around petting strange dogs too. Someone should call SRS. What kind of name is ‘Tayce’ anyway? Did they make up that nonsense?”
    My 7 year old commented, “Maybe they’ll save enough at Walmart to buy some common sense and a baby naming book.”
    (SRS is child protective services in our state.)

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    August 22nd, 2011

  10. energizer

    LMFAO @ Jen. You’ve been on a roll lately. Keep ‘em comin’!

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    August 22nd, 2011

  11. Bowtie

    Finally, they got beer at Wal Mart

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    August 22nd, 2011

  12. Bad Parents

    The parent is listing all the diseases the monkey might have; and yet, knowing that, she let her 8-year-old go over and stick her face in the monkey’s business. I want to know what diseases the kid is carrying. And if I were the monkey’s uncle, I’d sue the parent for endangering the ape.

    Dang! You need a license to own a dog, but any darn fool can raise a kid.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  13. Not Me

    Whay kind of name is Tayce?

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    August 22nd, 2011

  14. tim

    The things you find out from your own town on this site. Maybe I should watch the news more.

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    August 22nd, 2011

  15. thingamajig

    i’M NOT INTO STORIES WITHOUT PICTURES

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    August 23rd, 2011

  16. Rae

    Seriously? You people are blaming the mother of the little girl?? Idiots! She stated in her report that the little girl got out of the car, looked up at the monkey and said “Hi”. She had no intention of petting it, the monkey’s owner let the monkey out of the window and if it would have been my kid, there would have been a dead monkey.

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    August 23rd, 2011

  17. the kid won’t be able to watch any of the Planet of the Ape movies without freaking out.

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    August 23rd, 2011

  18. Things I've Learned From the News

    1. Don’t try to feed chili peppers to the lions in the safari park.

    2. Don’t climb the fence at the bear cage to “play with the teddy”.

    3. Don’t pet the monkey! Never pet the monkey!

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    August 23rd, 2011

  19. boxermom

    I agree…if this was someones dog or cat that bit a kid there certainly would have been more repercussions. geesh…and who hasnt seen the stuff on TV about the lady that got attacked by a monkey and it ruined her face and hands. what idiots would let their kid go pet one?? 2 wrongs dont make a right here folks…

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    August 23rd, 2011

  20. after that monkey attack that you referenced, i have to ask why anyone still owns a monkey.

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    August 24th, 2011

  21. Nova

    And humans also carry all of those diseases/illnesses.

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    August 24th, 2011

  22. klova

    So let me get thsi straight…. they pulled up next to an SUV and they let the monkey out? shouldn’t the focus be on how stupid the person is who let the monkey out? i mean the monkey obviously was ok with its owner, not a stange little girl who probably would try to ride it….

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    August 26th, 2011

  23. T_

    I would have beat that monkey down and there wouldn’t have been any questions. The monkey’s owner is an idiot.

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    August 26th, 2011

  24. Bumrush

    Darwinism. I hope it hits her. Hard.

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    August 27th, 2011

  25. Alli

    whoa, that’s just weird, cause when I was 8 I was bit by a monkey too, no joke. It was in the ankle though, it grabbed my shoe, hah.

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    August 29th, 2011

  26. NNNNNuuuuuuu

    Somebody needs to SPANK that MONKEY!

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    August 30th, 2011

  27. kelly

    Kid should not have gone near the monkey sorry not hers to touch. My mom always told me never to approach an animal I did not know and that includes monkeys!!

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    September 1st, 2011

  28. Holly

    Why the hell did the mom even let the kid get close to the monkey if she knew they had “tuberculosis, hepatitis B, herpes”? Both sides of this story are retarded and neither deserve crap.

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    September 3rd, 2011

  29. mamacita83701

    If there was a monkey in the car, why would you let your child look into it and say hi? If its an SUV, then they had to look up into it wouldnt they? I would never let my child go near anyone elses car, monkey or no monkey inside of it. Thats just like going up to a car with a dog in it. its just plain stupid. Next time, dont let your child be nosey and it wont happen. Its not your car so dont peer in and say “hi!” to something in it.

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    September 5th, 2011

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