Authorities have taken a monkey, an alligator, a tarantula and six piranhas from a man's suburban Dallas home after showing up on his doorstep to investigate a hit-and-run fender bender.
Animal control officials last week cited Bobby Crawford Jr. on misdemeanor charges for his illegal collection of exotic animals.
Crawford, 42, cried Friday when discussing Darwin, an 8-year-old rhesus macaque monkey he said he has raised since it was little.
"I live for nothing else," Crawford said. "I just can't believe he is gone."
Police came to Crawford's house Feb. 7 to investigate a car accident.
Crawford invited them in, where Darwin was in plain view, according to court records.
"I asked Mr. Crawford if he had any other animals he could show me and he replied, 'No,' " the officer said in court records.
But the officer immediately noticed a 50-gallon aquarium, prompting Crawford to curse and admit the six fish were piranhas.
Crawford also said he owned three American alligators named Godzilla, Blondie and Relentless. A 4-foot gator caught in December in a creek near a residential neighborhood was Blondie, Crawford said. One of the gators was confiscated Wednesday. The third has escaped, and Crawford said he does not know where it is.
Animal control cited Crawford for the gator and the monkey. A report has been filed with the state wildlife department regarding the piranhas.