FWC: Spider monkey attacked before, not reported
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (CBS12) —
The pet Spider monkey, caught on camera attacking a woman at a Home Depot in Okeechobee, reportedly attacked before in that very same store. But that incident didn't get reported, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Marilyn Howard told CBS12 the monkey first climbed on her back before biting her twice. The woman said she grabbed the monkey's leash and walked it into Home Depot to try to find its owner. That's when it bit her and scratched her face before scampering into the store.
The owner told the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office her pet monkey must've escaped her pickup truck in the parking lot where she left it.
FWC investigators learned a similar incident with the same monkey happened at the same Home Depot, one week earlier. Investigators said the owner brought the monkey into the store where it scratched a cashier during checkout. The FWC handed out six misdemeanor citations, an infraction,and two warnings to the facility where the monkey lives.
The pet monkey named Spanky apparently is a YouTube star with more than 9,000 followers to its channel.