Friday, June 30, 2006

Wayward marmoset found in East Palo Alto

An unwanted guest was found monkeying around an East Palo Alto neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, much to the shock of a resident.

The Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a telephone call Tuesday from an East Palo Alto man who said he saw a monkey running across his backyard fence.

PHS/SPCA Officer Brian Schenck responded to the home and secured the monkey, which turned out to be a marmoset.

Marmosets are indigenous to Central and South America and are considered the world's smallest primates. They have tufts of white hair near their ears and their tails can stretch over a foot long, according to the PHS/SPCA.

The marmoset found in East Palo Alto is a male that weighs less than a pound. It is said to be in good health.

The Department of Fish and Game was contacted to see if anyone living in the East Palo Alto area has a permit to keep a marmoset, but the PHS/SPCA reported no such permits have been issued.

The PHS/SPCA is making arrangements to send the marmoset to Primarily Primates, a sanctuary near San Antonio.

Story here.

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