Monday, March 10, 2008

Spokane Monkey That Bit Three People To Be Euthanized

monkey euthanizedA macaque monkey once blamed for hurling feces at federal agents is going to be euthanized and tested for rabies.

The animal, named Chico, harassed the federal agents when they came to its owner's home in 2005 to investigate a Spokane-based Internet operation selling fake diplomas. Chico got into trouble again on Feb. 28, when it escaped and bit three people. Since then it's been held at an animal shelter.

Dr. Larry Jecha, acting head of the Spokane Regional Health District, signed Chico's death warrant Sunday afternoon. Health officials said that because the monkey bit three people, it has to be tested for rabies, and there's no way to test for rabies without killing it.

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