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Monkey smuggled onto passanger plane under man’s hat.

In Air travel, animals, Monkey, News, Odd News, Peru, Travel, US News, wild animals, World on August 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm

A load of monkey business I say. 

What that in your hat, sir?

Passengers onboard a United States domestic flight between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New York’s LaGuardia airport must have been a little bit freaked out when they realized a man who they thought was flying alone, actually had a small cousin with him.

Media reports say,

That sometime during the flight north, passengers and crew spotted a very small and extremely cute Marmoset monkey emerge from under the mans hat (I’ll speculate that it was a Panama hat) and perche itself on the mans ponytail.

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Once caught with the little cutey, the man spent the rest of the flight with the pint sized New World monkey in his hands and lap.

After Flight 180 touched down, the man and monkey were met by authorities at the gate in New York. A spokesperson said he was not aware of what charges the man could face.

“We’ve contacted health officials, and man and monkey will be turned over to appropriate officials. He was never on the loose in the airport,” reporters were told.

The man and his little primate buddy began their journey in Peru’s capital Lima; it is not known how the pair eluded detection in Lima and during the man’s several-hour layover in Florida.

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Marmosets are of the order Callithrix, with at least 18 species of the money found worldwide. It is not clear what species of Marmoset was involved in the monkey in hat on plane incident.

In the wild they are highly active and eat a diet mainly of fruit, insects and leaves.

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Authorities in New York said the monkey appeared healthy and in a good condition. The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was planning to take it for disease testing and keep it quarantined for 31 days.

Marmoset’s are popular as pets in South America and are sold to people illegally all over the world for high prices, many species are also endangered due to human induced habitat loss.

Meanwhile, in other monkey business…

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A White-faced Capuchin who escaped from the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo in Mississippi, USA, has been recaptured.

The monkey, who has a history of daring escapades, was caught by a motorist after being on the run for almost a week. In the escape, Oliver the monkey led staff on a wild chase through the park’s trail system before eventually eluding them.

White-faced Capuchin’s are also known as the White-headed Capuchin, and are native to South America.

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About six years ago the monkey escaped and ran amok on the grounds of Tupelo Country Club.

The motorist who captured Oliver was rewarded with a weekend stay at a hotel, and offered a case of bananas, which was declined.

Marmoset’s chilling at the zoo.

UPDATE: Local New York News media are reporting that the monkey wasn’t actually a Marmoset, as fist reported, but a Spider Monkey!

That’s one of these little fellas….

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 See a local news, video report right here!

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