An angry wife who believed that her husband was monkeying around with another woman called police; however when officers arrived they didn’t find a mistress, but 37 protected wild primates.
After midnight on Sunday, police in Dongxing city, Guangxi received a call from a scorned wife who claimed that her husband had brought home a mistress and was on drugs. At 3 a.m., police arrived at the couple’s residence and were promptly threatened with a knife by the husband, who was clearly under the influence of drugs. After calling for backup, police managed to subdue the man and found small quantities of methamphetamine on him, which prompted a search of the apartment, NetEase reports.
While searching around the house, police detected a strange stench coming from one of the rooms, and inside they were surprised to find a whole different kind of monkey business than they had expected — 20 red slender loris and 17 macaques stuffed in cages. In addition, a dead monkey’s carcass was also found in one of the trash cans.
A further investigation uncovered several notebooks that the husband used to detail his smuggling activities. All of the monkeys were arranged to be sold for several thousand yuan by buyers mainly from Anhui and Liaoning provinces. The husband claimed that he had no idea where the 37 monkeys had come from, he has been taken into custody for questioning.
Endangered monkeys are a prized commodity in China, used for medicine, accessories, busking, medical testing and airspace security. Activists hope that this being the Year of the Monkey and all, additional awareness will be brought to the plight of primates in China. Guess this is a start?
By Sarah Lin
[Images via NetEase]