Friday, October 09, 2009

Baboon Rescued From Kentucky Garage

baboonSuzie the baboon has a new home in a central Kentucky wildlife center after an anonymous tip prompted Kenton County authorities to remove the 31-pound primate from an Independence couple's home.

"Suzie's not stopped eating since she got here," said April Truitt, executive director of the Primate Rescue Center Inc. in Nicholasville. "I've never seen an animal consume so much in one sitting."

Kenton County animal control officers responded to a home in the 3100 block of Mills Road Thursday after an anonymous caller to the county's emergency dispatch center said that "someone was keeping an orangutan" at their home.

When animal control officers responded, they called Truitt after finding a baboon caged in the couple's garage. Because the owners willingly gave up the animal, they were not charged under a county law that prohibits keeping exotic animals as pets, said Dan Evans, director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter.

"The animal was getting older, and I was told that the owners were concerned about the animal because it was getting aggressive," said Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson.

Evans said the couple told animal control officers that the baboon had spent most of her 24 years in cages in their basement and garage.

Baboons typically live 35 to 40 years in captivity, and their life span is about half that in the wild, Truitt said.

"Suzie's owner said they didn't have any children and this was basically their child," Evans said. "The guy kept mentioning (the former TV show) 'BJ and the Bear.' He told me he didn't want to have any kids because kids talk back."

Full story here.

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