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Pet monkey bites boy at Godfrey, IL park

GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a woman's decision to bring her pet monkey to a dog outing in a park went awry when the primate bit a boy.

 

   Madison County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Dixon says the 6-year-old was treated a hospital for lacerations and bite marks to his arm after Sunday's confrontation in Godfrey, northeast of St. Louis.

 

   Dixon says the monkey's owner brought the java macaque and her dog to the yearly "Bark in the Park" event. Dixon says both animals were on a leash, but the monkey's possessive of the dog. So when a boy tried to pet the dog, the monkey chomped.

 

   Dixon says the woman hasn't been ticketed or charged. But he says the county's animal-control agency is investigating.

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