A state official said Wednesday that a 35-pound Japanese snow monkey had to be euthanized last week after it bit a 3-year-old girl on the hand at a home in Carencro.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release that the incident occurred Feb. 9
The girl was bitten by the monkey, a Japanese Snow Macaque, while at a friend’s house and had sought treatment at an after-hours clinic, according to the release.
Snow monkeys can carry and transmit rabies and the herpes B virus and doctors needed to know whether the monkey was infectious at the time of the bite to avoid any unnecessary potentially dangerous treatments for the girl, the release stated.
Officials responded to the residence where the bite occurred and sedated the monkey with a tranquilizer dart. Afterward, the monkey was transported to a facility to test the animal. It was then euthanized in order to test for rabies, the release said.
“Unfortunately, in this situation, euthanasia was our only option to perform the testing necessary,” Maria Davidson, LDWF Wildlife Division’s Large Carnivore biologist, said. “At this point in time the little girl’s health is the number one priority and getting the test results quickly will help determine if she needs to have any further treatment for the rabies and herpes B virus.”
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