Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Police Clear Monkey In Couple's Deaths

spider m onkeyThe pet spider monkey found standing guard near the body of a College Park woman had nothing to do with her death, or that of her boyfriend, police told Sentinel reporter Bianca Prieto in this story.

Officers found Kathryn Whitson, 72, dead in the bedroom with Amos, the pet spider monkey, standing nearby. The body of her live-in boyfriend Walter Simpson, 72, was found in another part of the home. Another three monkeys, all capuchins, were secured in their cages. They also found five cats, 11 dogs and 20 birds.

The dogs and cats were turned over to Orange County Animal Services, while the birds were sent to Fallen Pines Critter Rescue in Christmas.

The monkeys -- Amos, Rosey, Dolly and Andy -- were taken in by the C.A.R.E. Foundation, a non-profit sanctuary in Apopka for non-releasable wildlife. They seemed to be in good condition but looked as though they were stressed, a volunteer said.

Full story here.

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