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Wichita woman tries to buy Capuchin monkey online, loses nearly $1,000

Two Capuchin monkeys sit on a wall at Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence, Kan.
Two Capuchin monkeys sit on a wall at Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence, Kan. File photo

Police officials on Monday warned Wichita residents not to fall for any monkey business.

A 26-year-old woman is out nearly $1,000 when she went online Friday and found a breeder that agreed to sell her a Capuchin monkey for $100, Lt. James Espinoza said. The breeder urged her to purchase an insurance policy on the monkey for $860 so the animal could be transported to Kansas from Georgia by way of the airport in Baltimore.

When the monkey didn’t arrive in Wichita, Espinoza said, the woman contacted the airport in Baltimore. She was told there was no documentation for transporting a monkey.

Espinoza said the case is a reminder to be wary of anything found on the Internet. While monkeys are allowed in local zoos, Lt. Steve Kenney said it is illegal for residents to have monkeys as pets.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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