Monkey Shot in Domestic Dispute (And More)

A couple of monkey attacks. The first involves a macaque. It's the usual story: a couple raises a primate as their own child, and it comes back to bite them in the end. 

JayJay the pet monkey shot dead after vicious attack on his owner in Florida | Mail Online

"JayJay the Macaque monkey unleashed his attack after escaping his home in Okeechobee, Florida and evading capture by his owner, Jimmy Schwall, who tried to catch him in a net.

The monkey wriggled free and clamped down on Schwall's buttocks and thigh and tore apart his right hand. A friend grabbed a gun and Schwall told him to shoot, killing the monkey."

The other report involves a wild monkey, but he's clearly familiar enough with humans to guess what's in a backpack. 

Stray monkey attacks four-year-old in Kovai - South India - Tamil Nadu - ibnlive

"Four-year-old Arul Raj, along with his grandmother Thangamani, was on his way to meet his father, a life-term convict in the Central Prison, when the monkey pounced on him.

The boy was carrying a snack box and the monkey was trying to snatch it, recalled witnesses.

A visibly shaken Thangamani said, “The monkey was huge and I had to struggle to make it let go off the boy.”"

The report doesn't say what kind of monkey it was. 


  1. About fifteen years ago, when monkeys were still legal in NYS without paperwork, a man one town over from my hometown was attacked and severely bitten by a rhesus macacque, which ripped open his calf.

    In general, the idea of keeping any sort of primate--with the possible exceptions of prosimians or some of the very small, primitive New World monkeys--makes my skin crawl. Many are handsome animals with fascinating behavior, but they belong either in the wild or in zoos with the proper resources to care for such high-maintenance, intelligent species. Keeping a monkey or ape as a "companion" might qualify one for a promising future in corrections, but is hardly fair to the animal or safe for the owner.

  2. I sympathize with the desire to have a primate for a pet. As a kid, having a chimp or gorilla around the house seemed like the coolest thing imaginable. But these arrangements don't work out well. In my opinion, all primates are poor choices for pets. I've seen reports of attacks even by a lemur and various small species of monkey (including marmosets, like the other monkey in the photo above).

  3. Too often, I think, we mistake the ideal of an animal for the actuality. We expect wolves to be White Fang, lions to be Elsa, if not Aslan, and leopards to be Bagheera. Ricciutti said it best, I believe, in his great work "Killer Animals": I can't quote him word for word, but something to the effect of--what a collossal ego it must take to believe that a little affection can undo millions of years of evolution.

  4. Jay Jay had a very large cage that was built for him. At least 20 feet tall by 30 feet around. It was very strongly built and I am very surprised that the monkey was able to find a weakness in that structure. Jay Jay must have found a weak spot in the peak of the cage and worked it apart over time.

  5. I understand that's a common problem with keeping primates for pets: they are intelligent enough to figure an escape from almost any cage.

  6. One thing you do not do with macaques is throw a net over them. "Jayjay" would have been absolutely terrified and have felt like he was about to be killed. Jayjay would still be alive if they'd invested in a tranquilliser gun instead of a bullet gun.

    If bites are a justification for banning a pet the first pet that should be banned is the dog. Look up the dog bite statistics and jaw will drop.


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